PRIDE (People Respecting Identity, Diversity and Equality) Kent held several events celebrating National Coming Out Week. Festivities included a pizza and pajama party, “unlocking the closet” at Quaker Steak & Lube, “queer infested waters” at the Recreation Center, the annual coming out meeting, then finally the March of Pride on Friday, October 14. Members of the #LGBTQ student organization carried banners, signs and rainbow flags as they marched through campus.
National Coming Out Day is an annual occasion dedicated to raising awareness of LGBTQ people and issues. The day has been celebrated on October 11 each year since its founding in 1988.
At the march, PRIDE members carried signs which read, “Love is love,” “Homosexuality doesn’t need a cure,” “Be proud” and “Live out loud.”
PRIDE Kent holds weekly meetings on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the Kent Student Center’s Governance Chambers.