National Coming Out Day(NCOD) is observed annually around the world on Ocotber the 11th to help create an environment where living openly and honestly is possible. On Oct. 11, 2018, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center will celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, raising awareness of civili rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
“Coming out is one of the most courageous acts any LGBTQ person makes, and on this National Coming Out Day that courage remains essential to our continued progress toward full equality,” says president of the Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. HRC is the largest LGBT advocacy and political lobbying organization in the United States.
The local celebration will also serve as the “coming out” party for the Greater Dayton LGBT Center. The Center, at 24 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 200, has undergone a huge transformation and will open to the public for our Grand Opening on October 11th at 6 pm. The Grand opening will also feature an art show with works by local and national artists which will include two pieces by the artist Keith Haring.
The Center will serve hors d’oeuvre beginning at 6 pm as a social hour with a program at 7 pm featuring members of our local community sharing their coming out stories. Randy Phillips, President of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center shares, “These coming out stories from different eras offer a built-in history lesson of our community.”