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Community: Then & Now

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October 3, 2019

UMD hosts Coming Out Day luncheon.

UMD’s Coming Out Day Luncheon on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 12 to 1 p.m. is focused on Community: Then & Now. It’s in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, and features a panel of speakers sharing their thoughts and experiences as part of the GLBTQUAI Community.

 The panelists include:

  • Abel Knochel UMD faculty

  • Chris Davila College of St. Scholastica staff and UMD grad

  • Natalie Clark UMD graduate

  • Ari Kilgore College of St. Scholastica student

  • Kathy Heltzer Retired UMD faculty member and panel moderator 

“We hope that our focus on community allows our attendees to learn the stories and perspectives of the panelists,” says organizer and Director of Housing and Residence Life Jeremy Leiferman.

“Now more than ever, we think it’s important to talk about our experiences as part of communities,” he explains. “Understanding where and how we find community helps build solidarity among members of the GLBTQAI community and helps inform ways in which allies can support us.”

Leiferman is a member of UMD’s GLBTQAI Commission, which hosts this luncheon annually in honor of National Coming Out Day on the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights. October is also Queer History Month. 

Graphic for UMD's Coming Out Day Luncheon