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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.

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