On October 11th several student organizations joined Illinois Student Senate to celebrate National Coming Out Day at U of I. This year is the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. At UIUC everyone was welcomed to this event to support the holiday. Patrons could tie-dye t-shirts and come together with members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community on the quad. Supporters were able to come to the rainbow decorated message board to write positive words and read inspirational quotes from the queer Illini community. Additionally, there were wristbands, pins, candy and other give aways provided to show pride. Speakers and activists were at the event to share their personal stories and advice. Stories included experiences of hardship and gratitude from coming out to the world about their identity. Patrons were able to talk about their feelings and experiences with event volunteers.
Illinois student Senator Tara Chattoraj said this event was intended to show people who may be curious of their sexual orientation that there is support at U of I to come out and find their true identity. Chattoraj said coming out was one of the scariest moments of her life. Chattoraj said it can be helpful to hear other peoples’ personal experience. Chattoraj said she hopes having people hear her story will be empowering for them.