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National Coming Out Day celebrated this week at WMU

by Thom Myers

Oct. 7, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of LBGT rainbow Bernhard Center.
National survey ranks WMU in top 25 gay friendly campuses.
KALAMAZOO--National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, will be celebrated at Western Michigan University with a series of events Monday through Thursday, Oct. 10-13.

Headlining the celebration at WMU is a 24-hour "Camp-Out" at the Campus Flagpoles from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday, which begins with the Western Student Association's weekly Western Wednesday activities. Student organization OUTspoken, representing lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students and allies, will hold its regular weekly meeting at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Camp-Out.

"National Coming Out Day has been a great collaboration between OUTspoken's committees and other organizations," says Matthew Vargo, OUTspoken president. OUTspoken organized the week's events with cooperation from the Western Student Association, Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center and WMU's Office of LBGT Student Services.

The Campus Flagpoles are next to the Lee Honors College at the center of WMU's West Campus.

WMU is one of the top 25 gay friendly universities in the United States according to a survey released in August.

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