National Coming Out Day

About National Coming Out Day

Queer MiniCon is just one of 14 events planned from October 6th to 16th in honor of National Coming Out Day.

For over fifteen years, Carolina’s LGBTQ Center has hosted National Coming Out Day events for the campus community. The observance has become known for its annual celebration in The Pit that traditionally features photo opportunities with the National Coming Out Day door or rainbow balloon arches, and free cake decorated with the LGBTQ pride flag. This year, as colleges and universities around the state limit in-person events to protect the health and safety of their constituents, departments and student organizations of Carolina have planned fourteen events over ten days to honor the spirit of this observance. A full schedule of National Coming Out Day events at Carolina can be found at go.unc.edu/ncod.

National Coming Out Day commemorates the October 11, 1987 Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which called for President Ronald Reagan to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Community care across identities is a hallmark of the grassroots organizing that built and continues to advocate with community members impacted by or most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and related public health crises. In a time of physical distancing, it is our hope that these events help build and maintain a sense of community among a broad network of LGBTQIA+ and allied North Carolinians.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday 10/06

LGBTQ+ Virtual Resource Fair 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by STEM Pride of the Triangle.

Hear from representatives of the LGBTQ+ Centers of UNC, Carrboro, Durham, and Raleigh about resources available to queer folx and allies in the area, and ways that we can all give back to our community. Allies are always welcome!

Wednesday 10/07

QTPOC Gathering: NCOD Screening of The Watermelon Woman

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by QGAPS Initiative. Registration required.

QTPOC Gathering is a bi-monthly gathering for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students of color. It’s a chance for folks to connect, come together, and build community. This will be a special event for National Coming Out Day, featuring a film screening of The Watermelon Woman (1996) and discussion afterwards. Friends and family are welcome to join! 

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Jay M, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at meerajay@email.unc.edu.

Thursday 10/08 

Changing the Game Documentary Screening

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by School of Education.

The School of Education and The LGBTQ Center at UNC-CH present “Changing the Game,” a ground-breaking and award-winning documentary film about transgender student-athletes. Join us on Thursday 10/8 from 7 to 9pm for a screening of the documentary and a Q&A with the producer Alex Schmider. Content Warning: This documentary contains transphobia and mentions of suicidality. 

Friday 10/09 

Artist Conversation with Nelson Morales

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The Ackland. Free. Zoom registration required.

A free public conversation with photographer Nelson Morales, who will have select photographs from his series Musas Muxe on view at the Ackland. The photographs explore the everyday life of muxes—people who identify as a third gender—of the Oaxaca state of Mexico. Nelson will be joined by Allen Blevins, collector of Morales’ work and lender of several to the Ackland. The conversation will be moderated by Lauren Turner, the Ackland’s Assistant Curator for the Collection.

Queer MiniCon 2020 Day 1

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at go.unc.edu/QMC2020. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center.

Carolina’s first-ever Queer MiniCon on October 9 and 13, 2020 showcases LGBTQIA+ research, art, literature, and lived experiences at North Carolina colleges and universities. Queer MiniCon 2020 is sponsored by The LGBTQ Center, Student Life and Leadership, Sexuality Studies, Pride Place, and Honors Carolina Pride.

Day 1 features the QMC keynote presentation: “Wayne Loves Baby: Queering Intimacy in Hip-Hop Culture” by Antonia Randolph, Assistant Professor in American Studies.

Sunday 10/11 (National Coming Out Day!)

NEA Big Read at the Ackland: Drag Storytime with Naomi Dix

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The Ackland.

An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Ackland is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program.

As part of the NEA Big Read at the Ackland, we are honored to host a special free storytime with the Chapel Hill Public Library on National Coming Out Day! All ages are welcome.

Registration is required. NEA Big Read runs Sunday, October 11, 2020–Friday, December 4, 2020. Visit events.ackland.org for full schedule.

Monday 10/12

Queer Perspectives Speaker: Dr. Lauren Esposito

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by STEM Pride of the Triangle. Registration is required.

STEM Pride of the Triangle is thrilled to host Dr. Lauren Esposito, founder of 500 Queer Scientists and the Schlinger Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Science, for our next Queer Perspectives Speaker Series. Hear about the amazing work being done to increase LGBTQ+ visibility from a nationally recognized leader. Allies are always welcome!

Safe Zone After Dark

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The LGBTQ Center. Registration is required.

The Safe Zone program is designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the LGBTIQA+ campus community. The trainings provide information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 

This evening edition of our standard training will introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. There is a short intermission about halfway through.

Tuesday 10/13

Queer MiniCon 2020 Day 2

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at go.unc.edu/QMC2020. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center.

Carolina’s first-ever Queer MiniCon on October 9 and 13, 2020 showcases LGBTQIA+ research, art, literature, and lived experiences at North Carolina colleges and universities. Queer MiniCon 2020 is sponsored by The LGBTQ Center, Student Life and Leadership, Sexuality Studies, Pride Place, and Honors Carolina Pride.

Watch Party & Panel for Queer Genius

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The Ackland. Links provided with registration.

Queer Genius explores the remarkable lives of five queer female artists: Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Dynasty Handbag / Jibz Cameron. Watch along with filmmaker Chet Pancake at 7 p.m. and then join Chet and film scholars Franklin D. Cason Jr. (North Carolina State University), Sarah Keller (University of Massachusetts Boston), and Martin Louis Johnson (UNC-Chapel Hill) for a virtual post-film discussion at 9 p.m.

Wednesday 10/14

Center After Dark for NCOD: Chopped!

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by The LGBTQ Center. RSVP on HeelLife for Zoom link.

Join the LGBTQ Center on 10/14 for Center After Dark: Chopped! Anyone is welcome to join, whether as cook, or spectator. Chefs will have 30 minutes to make a dish involving ingredients that start with the letters L,G,B and T, plus one additional ingredient highlighting another letter from the extended queer alphabet (maybe you’ll choose to cook with pasta to celebrate pansexuals, or apples to highlight the A/asexuality). Preplan and buy your ingredients beforehand OR throw something together the night of using ingredients already in your pantry. The event starts at 7pm, and chefs will cook from 7:30 to 8pm. The winner will be chosen by spectator vote, and dishes will be judged based on creativity, as well as how delicious they look and sound. 

oSTEM PowerPoint Night

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by oSTEM.

Join Out in STEM to see PowerPoint presentations about whatever people are passionate about! Topics can be as silly or random as you like. Fill out this form if you want to make a PowerPoint yourself.  You’re welcome to attend even if you don’t make a PowerPoint!

Thursday 10/15

QGAPS Film Screening: Ten More Good Years

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by QGAPS Initiative. Registration required.

QGAPS Social is a bi-monthly gathering for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students. It’s a chance for folks to connect, come together, and build community. This will be a special event for National Coming Out Day, featuring a film screening of Ten More Good Years: Senior Citizens in the Battle for LGBTQ Rights and discussion afterward.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Jay M, Graduate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at meerajay@email.unc.edu.

Drag Bingo with Vivica C. Coxx

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM via Zoom. Hosted by UNC Libraries.

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with a fabulous bingo party hosted by Durham’s drag diva, Vivica C. Coxx! Winners of this literary-themed bingo will receive some of our favorite LGBTQ+ books. Participants must use their UNC emails to log in to Zoom for the event. Sponsored by the University Libraries, the LGBTQ+ Center, and CUAB. 

Friday 10/16

NCOD Common Read + Book Club

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM via Zoom. Hosted by LGBTQ Center. RSVP on HeelLife or for Zoom link

The LGBTQ Center Book Club is a twice-monthly meeting of lit nerds and casual readers who love to discuss books, fanfic, and other readings with LGBTQIA+ themes. 

Student Life and Leadership and the LGBTQ Center have partnered to make 35 copies of The Song of Achilles available to UNC-Chapel Hill students. Reserve your copy today! Then, join us at this meeting to discuss The Song of Achilles and Castle Swimmer.

National Coming Out Day is one of the signature Pride and Awareness Days observed by the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.