PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



LGBTQA Resource Center Hosting National Coming Out Week At Penn State

In support and conjuncture with National Coming Out Day, Penn State’s LGBTQA Resource Center is hosting National Coming Out Week at Penn State, including a full slate of activities and events to promote LGBTQ culture in the Penn State and State College communities.

There are a variety of events and activities planned throughout the week. Today will kick things off with HUB takeover from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be information tables from a number of Penn State’s LGBTQ organizations and ally offices.

Tuesday is National Coming Out Day, and though the Resource Center doesn’t have anything specific planned, it will support the movement both at Penn State and around the country. Wednesday will feature a rally on the Old Main steps at 12 p.m. According to the LGBTQ’s Facebook event, it will be “a time to share coming out experiences and hear from LGBTQ figures and leaders at our campus and in our community.”

Ian Harvie, a transgender comedian, writer, and actor on the Amazon original series “Transparent” will also give a talk in the HUB’s Alumni Hall on Wednesday night titled “Everyone’s a little but Trans [gender].” Harvie’s talk promises laughs and a performance that unites its audience.

Thursday will feature an information session and another presentation. Penn State Career Services is sponsoring a presentation titled “Out in the Workplace” at 12 p.m. in 129A HUB. The workshop will discuss finding a job and entering the workforce with a focus on the LGBTQ experience.

Playwright, author, public health advocate, and AIDS and LGBT rights activist Larry Kramer will speak at the HUB in Alumni Hall on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The event is titled “An Evening with Larry Kramer” and Kramer is well-known for his work in raising awareness for AIDS. He translated these frustrations into a play titled “The Normal Heart,” which won a Tony for its revival in 2011.

The LGBTQA Student Resource Center will open its doors in 101 Boucke on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. to host an open house for Parents and Family weekend this coming weekend. The week will wrap up with a student drag show in the HUB on Friday night. The show will start at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 9 and is being hosted by Penn State’s LGBTA Student Roundtable and the Student Programming Association (SPA).

For more information you can check out a full listing of the events on Facebook. All of the events that are a part of National Coming Out Week are free and everyone is invited to attend.

About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


More by Lexi

A Special, Precious, & Eventful Experience: Lexi Shimkonis’ Senior Column

“And here in this lovely, intriguing spot called Penn State, each of us staked our own special, precious, and eventful life.” — Ross Lehman

Homecoming To Replace King And Queen With Gender-Neutral Court

[Video] An Interview With Line Dance Leader Gina DeFrancesco


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend