Coming Out Week 2011

Every October 11, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and allies celebrate National Coming Out Day. Coming out refers to the process of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people sharing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity with others. Why is this important? The idea is that it is harder to remain bigoted and ignorant when you realize that LGBTQ folks really are everywhere: they are your family, friends, neighbors, respected professionals, politicians and celebrities. And for those who are queer, coming out gives provides access to more support and decreases the shame inherent in keeping such a huge part of yourself a secret.

The University of Arizona recognizes this whole week as Coming Out Week, and there are many related events happening on campus and in the surrounding community! Below is an announcement and list of activities from the office of LGBT Affairs:

Celebrate Coming out Week 2011, which features a variety of events on and off the University of Arizona campus, including resource fairs, workshops, speakers, films, panels, drag bingo, Tucson Pride, and AIDSWalk. Also, help us celebrate National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, October 11th with the “Out & Proud” ad in the Daily Wildcat.

The month of October is LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) History Month and is an important time to recognize the extraordinary national and international contributions of the LGBTQ community. Learn more about our history through Equality Forum. Each day in October Equality Forum will feature an icon with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. The videos are offered without charge to educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, for profit companies and the public. For more information, please visit:


Tucson Pride Parade
Saturday, Oct. 8th, 8pm
Come and show your support of the LGBT community in Tucson with Tucson’s annual Pride Parade, which will march through downtown Tucson. LGBTQ Affairs will be marching in Pride parade, come out and join us (meeting on Congress between 6th and Stone Ave.)!

Made for Flight Workshop
Monday, October 10th, 4-6pm
Union Gallery, Student Union 3rd Floor, NE corner
Made for Flight is a transgender youth and ally empowerment project created by TC Tolbert that incorporates transgender history, ally development, creative writing, and kite building to commemorate the lives of the transgender individuals who have been murdered in the last year. Come help us build kites in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011.

LGBTQA Support Group
Tuesday, October 11th, 4-5:30pm
Student Union, Room 412
This group is a safe space for UA students to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQ and Allied community. Students can discuss topics ranging from coming out to making new friends, from the media to gender identity. This is a weekly group facilitated by LGBTQ staff to provide resources and guidance if needed; the group is free and confidential. Please drop in – no need to call! For more information, please contact Martie van der Voort, MC, LPC, 621-3334 or email: vandervoort@hea​

Intersections: QPOC Panel
Tuesday, October 11th, 5:30-7pm
Chavez, Room 205
Please join us for an engaging panel discussion about the intersection of being a person of color and LGBTQ. We will explore racism within the LGBTQ community, homophobia within ethnic communities, and look at effective ways to be allies across areas of difference.

Allies of Delphi: Greek Safe Zone Training
Tuesday, October 11th, 6-8pm
Delta Delta Delta House, 1541 East Second Street
The boys of Delta Lambda Phi invite all members of the Greek community to attend this ally development workshop. Food and drinks will be provided. Preregistration required, contact:

3rd Annual Multifaith Pride Service
Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 7pm
Just Be, Emerging Out of the Wilderness
First United Methodist Church
915 E. 4th St.
Join us as we come together to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of LGBT people with participation from a diverse mix of warm and welcoming faith communities. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or theological belief. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Service begins at 7:00 pm. Reception to follow service.

Shower of Stoles Exhibit— Witness liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of LGBT people of faith from various faith traditions beginning at the service and continuing 10/12-10/16. Contact 622-6481 or for viewing hours.

Free parking in adjacent parking garage – parking coupons available at the service. Visit for periodic updates about the service.

LGBTQ Resource Fair & Courtney Robbins
Wednesday October 12, 2011
University of Arizona Mall
Come check out organizations from all over campus and the community at our LGBTQ Resource Fair! Resources include campus clubs and resources, community organizations, and HIV/AIDS support. A passive education piece will detail why such resources are needed. Local rock star Courtney Robbins will be playing from 12-1pm!

The Ripple Effect: LGBTQ Health and Wellness Workshop Series
Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training to Prevent Violence
Wednesday October 12, 2011
Kiva Auditorium, Student Union
What do we do when we hear someone saying ‘that’s so gay,’ or calling someone a dyke or a fag? How do we respond when it seems like a situation we are witnessing could escalate and become violent? Step Up! is an interactive training program, presented by Campus Health Outreach Specialist Melanie Fleck and Violence Prevention Specialist Erin Strange, which will help develop skills to address offensive language, harmful actions against others, and ultimately prevent violence in your community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History
Wednesday October 12, 2011
Gallagher Theatre
Bullied is a documentary that tells the story of Jamie Nabozny, a gay student who endured relentless bullying in both middle and high school despite seeking help from school administrators. The film shows how Jamie’s legal battle helped him secure justice and underscores how important it is to confront anti-gay bullying.

Out on the Job Featured Speaker: Kent Burbank
Thursday October 13, 2011
Career Services Classroom
Light snacks will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch!
Kent Burbank has worked in the field of human services and social change for the past couple decades. Kent is currently the Director of the Victim Witness Program at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. In this capacity, he oversees a staff of 25 employees and over 120 volunteers who respond to the needs of crime victims, witnesses and their families. Most recently, Kent coordinate the victim advocate response to the January 8th Tragedy in Tucson. Previously, Kent served for as the Executive Director of Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center. Prior to moving to Tucson, Kent worked for a nonprofit refugee organization in Mexico City and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, as well as a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Kent participates in numerous community and civic organizations, including serving on the board of directors for Child and Family Resources, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, and the UA President’s LGBT Advisory Council. OUT on the Job is a monthly series that brings ‘out’ professionals to campus for brown bag lunch discussions.

Drag Bingo & Queer-e-oke
Thursday, October 13th, 5-9pm
Games Room, Student Union in Wilbur’s Underground
Join us for this Coming Out Week tradition! There will be great prizes and loads of laughs. Enjoy drag performances between games! Drag Bingo will take place from 5-7 and this will lead into Queer-e-oke from 7-9. Enjoy a fun night of classic karaoke with a queer twist!

Thursday, October 13th, 7pm
Pima Community College, Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road
“TransFormations” is a one-actor play about transgender people, their lives and their stories. With truth and a generous amount of humor, as well as touches of activism and politics, “TransFormations” is a poignant theatrical experience and a statement of transgender pride. It was written, and is performed, by Martie van der Voort, a Tucson actor and therapist who developed the script through formal interviews, advocacy work and friendships with members of the transgender community.
Safe Zone Training
Friday October 14th, 12-5pm
Saguaro Room, El Portal
Safe Zone is a campus-wide effort committed to making the University of Arizona a safer and more inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ community. This is a two part workshop, for more information, or to register by 10/10/11, visit:

Tucson Pride in the Desert
Saturday, October 15, 11am-8pm
Kino Memorial Stadium, $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Join us for Tucson’s annual Pride in the Desert celebration. Come by the UA table showcasing our LGBTQ student organizations! No labels, no limits, just PRIDE! To buy tickets:

AIDSWalk Tucson
Sunday, October 16, Check-In begins at 7am
UA Mall
Join the Pride Alliance team for the 21st annual AIDSWalk Tucson. To register, go to:, select “join a team,” team name: UA Action Heros.
Let’s raise lots of money for this important cause!

Sponsors and Collaborators for Coming Out Week 2011 include: Student Services Fee, ASUA Pride Alliance, Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Associated Students for the University of Arizona, Graduate Professional Student Council, Residence Hall Association, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Delta Lambda Phi, USFC, Delta, Delta, Delta, Campus Health/CAPS/Oasis/Step Up, Career Services, African American Student Affairs, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs, Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs, Native American Student Affairs, Casa Libre, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Wingspan, Wingspan’s Multifaith Working Group, the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project Tucson Pride, Inc. and Pima Community College.

For more information, or to request a copy of the full calendar, please contact us:

Office of LGBTQ Affairs
(520) 626-1996

Pride Alliance
(520) 621-7585

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