Video: National Coming Out Day 2020

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Hi, Dallas College LGBTQ community. My name is Katy Launius and my pronouns are she, her, hers. Happy National Coming Out Day. Today is all about celebrating us, and reminding us, as members of the LGBTQ community, that we are supported, that we are loved, and that our identities are valid.

And that's true regardless of where you are in your coming-out journey, so even if you're afraid to come out to your friends, family members, or your community, know that your concerns are valid and your number-one concern is your safety. So I see you, I love you, and you are valid. Your identity is valid regardless of whether or not it's safe for you to share that with those closest to you.

I hope that you know, though, that there are spaces across our campuses at Dallas College where it is safe for you to share who you are with us, whether it's staff members or other students who share your identity. So even if you're not ready to come out today, there's no pressure, and you're just as much a member of the LGBT community as anyone else.

So for all of us celebrating today, let's celebrate for all of us-- those of us who can be out and those of us who can't. Because at the end of the day, being happy and comfortable with who you are is something that we all deserve. So Happy National Coming Out Day!

Hello, everyone. I'm Christopher George-Twyman, College Financial Manager at Dallas College's Richland campus and queer, cisgender gay man. My pronouns are he, him.

In addition to managing the campus budget, I am also a member of Equity Richland, which is my campus's committee for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. I'm also the campus advisor for our chapter of Prism, which is Dallas College's LGBTQ+ student club.

As someone who was closeted well into my 20s, and who often felt isolated because of that, I have a special appreciation for the sense of belonging that comes from living authentically and being a part of a supportive and affirming community. So on behalf of myself, Equity Richland, Prism, and everyone at Dallas College, Happy National Coming Out Day.

Hello, Dallas College, and Happy National Coming Out Day. Just remember to be yourself, and you do what you need to do to stay safe. There is no pressure, ever, to come out. Remember that you're doing amazing. Take time to self-care and stay strong. You are beautiful and you are loved.

Hi, my name is Greg Morris and I'm the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Services at Dallas College. As a gay male, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I want to wish everyone at Dallas College a Happy National Coming Out Day.

For members of the LGBTQ+ community, this is a big day. Sometimes it's filled with strife, but other times it can be a freeing and liberating moment. So no matter where you are in your own journey, I want to encourage you to know that we all stand with you, shoulder to shoulder. Happy National Coming Out Day.

Hi, I'm Chris Schlarb. I'm the Service Learning and Civic Engagement coordinator at Eastfield. I identify as transgender or non-binary. My pronouns are they, them, their. And National Coming Out Day is important to me because it's the day we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities. It's also the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Some advice I have for students is be comfortable where you're at. If that's exploring your sexual orientation, if that's figuring out your gender identity, just be comfortable, be confident, be patient with yourself, and surround yourself with support.

Hi, my name is Timothy Cedor, and I'm an English professor on the Eastfield campus of Dallas College. While today is a day to celebrate, it is also a time to remember that there is still a long way to go when it comes to human rights, gay rights, and LGBT rights.

So today, I encourage you to be open. Open your ears to someone who needs a sounding board. Open your mind to new information, and open your heart to someone who needs to be loved.

Hello, Dallas College. Never be afraid to be yourself. The world needs you. You are never alone. We are here to accept and celebrate you when you are ready. Happy National Coming Out Day. Be you, celebrate you.

Happy National Coming Out Day! I'm Danae Bass, program coordinator at Dallas College, the Eastfield campus, in the Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. I come to you today as an ally, celebrating you on such a momentous, special occasion. Thank you so much for your boldness, for sharing your story, for living in your truth and your authenticity. I celebrate you today and every day. And just know that you matter and your stories matter. You are powerful and bold and brave.

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