They’re coming out, and they want the world to know.
words and images by Matthew Sylvester
On October 11, the CSUF LGBT Queer Resource Center hosted a National Coming Out Day celebration in the quad. Tusk sent photographer Matthew Sylvester to capture how Titans celebrated their sexualities and gender identities.
CSUF celebrated National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2018.
Faculty members cheered and photographed their co-workers as they walked through the rainbow arch.
The balloon arch was not only the focal point of the celebration but an essential prop in the festivities.
Shortly after 12 p.m., the event’s host played Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out” and invited all members of the LGBTQ community to walk through the arch to show off their pride.
The event’s check-in table featured heart-shaped stickers that showed support for LGBTQ folks struggling to come out.
A poster board asked attendees how they can help others who are coming out. It filled in minutes with heart-warming submissions.
Attendees shared their experiences and bonded over crafts.
Another activity asked participants to create a flower displaying five different identities they consider themselves.
The identity flowers were posted alongside the coming out arch.
Every booth highlighted different aspects of the coming out process.
This booth handed out information on personal health and suicide awareness.
A colorful umbrella kept attendees cool while celebrating the many different members of the LGBTQ community.