By Sophie Quiñones, Staff Writer
In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Rainbow Alliance is putting together a video compilation of coming out stories of members of the campus community.
“The video series is a chance for students that are out to help other students that want to come out, do not feel comfortable, or are having mixed thoughts on it. Situations vary so much depending on households and friends; some people come out to open arms, some less so,” said Nicholas Frank, senior Game Design major, said “This series is being created in the hopes that the sharing of coming out stories of members of the Post community can help to empower and inspire those hoping to come out.”
Anyone interested in submitting a video for this series can do so at tinyurl.com/wearestillcomingout, according to the Rainbow Alliance club president, Nicole Ludwig,
“I’m excited to see everyone’s videos. We’re all ‘coming out,’ and we all see ourselves in each other’s stories, but everyone’s journey is different.” Ludwig said.
Members of the campus community that are interested in watching this series will be able to find it released on the Rainbow Alliance’s Instagram at the end of October.
Although National Coming Out day occurred on Oct 11, Ludwig still wanted to create something to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
“While normally we’d do something in person to celebrate, the pandemic has made it more difficult to give it the attention it deserves. We wanted to do something that meaningful; to provide a space for people to share or listen to stories they might see themselves in,” Ludwig said, “Coming Out Day is not only about coming out, but about supporting and lifting up the people who do. We came up with this idea when thinking of ways that we could provide a platform to do this.”
Despite the challenges of COVID-19 both Frank and Ludwig are excited about the upcoming series and can’t wait to share it with the rest of the campus community.
“Everybody’s journey is different. You might not be able to come out yet, and that’s okay. The most important person that needs to love and accept you is you – everyone and everything else will come after that,” Ludwig said “There will be a day where you can be you, openly and unapologetically. I can’t wait until that day comes, but until then, I’m proud of you. And you should be too. Stay strong.”