LBGT Student Services hosts coming out events

contact: Deanne Puca
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Discussion and networking sessions that focus on the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community begin Monday, Oct. 16, and run through Wednesday, Oct. 25, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Sponsored by the Office of LBGT Student Services, the events are part of Coming Out Fortnight celebrating LBGT history in coordination with National Coming Out Day Oct. 11. Celebrated annually, that day marks the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights that occurred in 1988.

All events will be held in 1321 Trimpe Hall, unless otherwise noted.


  • Monday, Oct. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., Polyamorous Relationships and Pie—Join the discussion on various relationship structures, including polyamory. Pie provided by the Western Student Association.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Trans Tuesday Discussion—Participants will connect with other members of the community, discuss issues and share resources. Light refreshments provided.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Queer People of Color Discussion—QPOC is a bimonthly social group created for people of color by other queer people of color. Light refreshments provided.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., in 1920 Sangren Hall, “Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality”—Bisexual speaker, writer and educator Robyn Ochs talks about sexual fluidity and how binary constructs can impact LGBTQ identities.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Queer Trivia Night—Make or join a trivia team for a chance to win a free T-shirt. Snacks provided.
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m., LBGT Grad/Doctoral Group movie night—LBGTQ graduate and doctoral students are welcome to meet for a movie night and popcorn.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., LGBTQ Professionals Meet Up and Networking—Meet with professionals from Stryker Corporation to discuss how to be LBGTQ in the workplace. Followed by practice networking and light refreshments.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, noon, in the Lee Honors College building, “Intersectional Coalition Building”—Learn and discuss what intersectional coalition building is from guest speaker Romeo Jackson from the University of Utah. Bag lunches welcome.

For more information, contact Natalie Nguyen, director of the WMU Office of LBGT Student Services, at (269) 387-2123 or or visit