Photos: Albion College Celebrates National Coming Out Day

An Albion College student decorates a door with various posters and pride flags encouraging students and faculty to come out without fear or pressure, which also functioned as a photo opportunity. The Office for Belonging and the LGBrITs organized the event to help highlight community (Photo by Phoebe Holm).

On Wednesday, to celebrate National Coming Out Day, Albion College, the Office of Belonging and the student organization LGBrITs held an event on the quad with a photo booth, button-making and displayed a large number of campus resources committed to allyship. This highlighted Albion College’s number of resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals.  

National Coming Out Day was first observed in 1988 on the first anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Over time, National Coming Out Day became its own separate celebration paired with the Human Rights Campaign in 1993. This partnership has continued to make individuals aware of the resources and guides available to those in the process of coming out or who are interested in understanding the journey. 

A tri-fold poster displays a number of LGBTQIA+ resources accessible to students both on and off campus. Resources include mental and physical health, education and community (Photo by Phoebe Holm).

According to the LGBTQIA2S+ Resources on the Albion College website, there are specific housing options and communities that support LGBTQIA+ individuals. The options include single-gender communities, gender-inclusive communities and queer connection communities which integrate gender education into the living experience. 

Both on and off campus, there are health and wellness initiatives and services specifically created for individuals in the community, such as text health lines and LGBTQIA+-affirming care provided by Registered Medical Assistant Melissa Sommers. For the comfort of LGBTQIA+ individuals, the website also provides a list of every gender neutral bathroom on campus. In addition to this, opportunities for outreach are available through the Office of Belonging, the Title IX office and counseling services on campus. 

This event also highlighted various LGBTGIA+ student organizations to either join or support such as the Trans Student Alliance, Albion Rainbow Connection (ARC) and LGBrITs.  According to the LGBTQIA+ Resources website, Albion College “provides a safe place and allows students to build a community where they can be themselves.

Kalli Onai, digital badge program manager, and Rivkah Gamble, associate director for belonging and culture, sit at a table distributing free candy and LGBTQIA+ themed stickers (Photo illustration by Phoebe Holm).
Gamble exits the pride-decorated door while Onai takes a video (Photo by Phoebe Holm).
President of LGBrITs and Chicago junior, Karolina Kepa, stands at the button-making table. Making buttons was one of the activities offered on the quad during the event (Photo by Phoebe Holm).
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Phoebe Holm is a junior from Boyne City, Michigan and a psychology major at Albion College. She is interested in understanding the human mind, writing about things that make her passionate and creating art. You can always find her listening to music and watching movies. Contact Phoebe via email at PJH12@albion.edu

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