National Coming Out Week

<p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.38;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-790e4d90-48f1-f058-e680-d49a50b595f4"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s </span><a href=""><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; white-space: pre-wrap;">National Coming Out Week (NCOW)</span></a><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); white-space: pre-wrap;">, Owls. Special programs across campus will celebrate, educate and bring together all members of the Temple family—and provide a hell of a good time doing it. We’ve also included some LGBTQIA resources available throughout the year.</span></span></p><div>&nbsp;</div>
Story by: 
Steve Whisler




Get the deets on the rest of the week’s events while meeting new folks (and snagging free stuff).

Monday, Oct. 12, 12–1:30 p.m., Atrium, Howard Gittis Student Center.

Come Out Speak Out

A special evening during which members of the LGBTQIA community share their experiences of coming out to family, friends and themselves. Students in attendance who wish to speak about their own coming out may participate.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6–10 p.m., the Underground, Howard Gittis Student Center.

Professional Development Panel

Exactly what it sounds like: Tap into successful professional strategies used by accomplished members of the Temple LGBTQIA community.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12–1 p.m., location to be announced.

Let’s Talk About PrEP, Baby!

A casual panel discussion about PrEP/Truvada, a pre-exposure prophylaxis used to prevent the spread of HIV. The panel, hosted by the Temple University LGBTQ Alumni Society, will weigh the future of PrEP and educate Temple LGBTQIA students on reducing the risk of HIV infection. This is an open, honest dialogue! Make sure to register here and share with your friends on Facebook.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6–8 p.m., Conference Center, 1810 Liacouras Walk.

4th Annual Drag Show

Celebrate NCOW with a very special drag show hosted by Temple Made Julian Darden. Watch Temple’s finest queens and kings perform, and pick up some solid NCOW swag at the door while you’re at it!

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7–9 p.m., the Underground, Howard Gittis Student Center.

Life After Temple Alumni Panel

You may not want to think about it now, but one day you are going to graduate and fly off into the real world. This is a chance to ask your most pressing questions about postcollege life as a member of the LGBTQIA community. Like, ya know, how to come out in a workplace. And get the lowdown on life in the terrifying rainbows and sunshine “real world” from some of our favorite alumni.


Wellness Resource Center
The Wellness Resource Center is a staunch advocate for the inclusion of all genders and sexualities at Temple. Seriously, these guys are great. If you have a question or concern—about anything—they will be there for you. You can visit in person or follow along on Twitter and Instagram @TUHeartWRC.

Monthly Queer Lunch
Rendezvous for a monthly meal designed to provide the Temple LGBTQIA and ally community with a chance to meet, chat and build a stronger campus community. This month’s Queer Lunch is on Wednesday, October 28, from 11 a.m. till noon at the Underground in the Student Center. BYOL (that would be lunch).

Safe Zone Ally Workshop
How do we foster a safe, affirmative campus environment for all LGBTQIA students and staff? By creating a strong and supportive allied community. This four-hour interactive training, offered through the Wellness Resource Center and the Office of University Housing and Residential Life, prepares allies to work against discrimination in a positive manner. Tell your allied friends and sign up here! The next workshop is coming up soon: October 22.

LGBTQIA Student Guide to Temple University
A STUDENT-DESIGNED resource for LGBTQIA and ally populations highlighting opportunities to engage with and become part of the community; plus, a rundown of the most welcoming spaces on campus. Read it here.

Temple Queer Student Union
Be part of the most happenin’ LGBTQIA student group. The Queer Student Union plans fun activities that make fast friends of all members. Check ’em out on Twitter, IG and Facebook, or go to a meeting—you’ll find them every Monday at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.

Lavender Graduation
A special ceremony held at the end of the school year where graduating LGBTQIA seniors are honored for their contributions to Temple. Student organizations and departments who are especially inclusive are also awarded.