11 October 2020
Happy National Coming Out Day!
32 years ago, the first National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was celebrated as a way to emphasize the importance of living as an “out” lesbian or gay person. Today, NCOD is an international observance that has expanded to celebrate the many ways in which people choose to live publicly as LGBTQ+ people in a world that still makes it difficult – and in some places even illegal – to live openly as a queer person.
Coming out remains a political act.
Founded 20 years ago, CLGS has marked NCOD every year and this year is no different. Rather than a “live” celebration on our campus at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, we invite our community of supporters and followers to mark this important day by taking part in some (or all!) of the many online events that we have planned for this month of October: from Lavender Lunches to our Jewish Queeries Series program; from our Queer Online Book Club to events sponsored by our CLGS African American Roundtable.
We extend a special invitation for you to join us on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (ONLINE at 4pm Pacific Time) to hear Rev. Dr. Traci C. West offer our 11th Annual CLGS Georgia Harkness Lecture: “Engendering Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality Among Church Leaders.”
And, of course, we invite you to celebrate and honor the many LGBTQ+ people who have gone before, those who helped to build a social and political movement that calls for a more just world for everyone.