Coming Out Week

Coming Out Week is Oct. 9-13, 2017!

Check out our events for the week!

Coming Out Week is celebrated all across campus with different events, discussions, and programs, the Pride Photo, and more! Coming out is a unique experience and process. Learn about these experiences, educate yourself on how to be a better ally, come out yourself, and enjoy the week of celebration and education.

Are you interested in telling your own Coming Out story? Email our graduate assistant Jeff Perkins at to be a part of a special project for our Coming Out Week that involves a photo of you and a brief Coming Out piece!

Important details:

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

Coming Out Cupcakes with the LGBTQ Resource Center
Noon-2 p.m.
Speakers Circle
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Come celebrate the beginning of Coming Out Week with the Center and cupcakes! Grab some free sweet treats and learn more about the week and the history of the Center!

Aces and Aros: Coming Out as Asexual or Aromantic
7-8 p.m.
MU LGBTQ Resource Center
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Come join Aces and Aros during their general body meeting as they discuss coming out as asexual or aromantic. Be ready for an open, engaging and informative discussion!

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

QTPOC: What Is Family?
6-7 p.m.
MU LGBTQ Resource Center
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Come join Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) as they have an open discussion about what is it like to come out as QTPOC. Discussion will also focus on what family means to the community and how intersections influence perspectives.

“Edible City” Film
7 p.m.
Leadership Auditorium
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Join the Environmental Leadership Office and the MU LGBTQ Resource Center in a free film screening of “Edible City.” This documentary introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The film digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding inspirational, grassroots solutions based on growing local food systems and economies. Following the film, Liz Graznak from Happy Hollow Farm and Leslie Touzeau, a Graduate Assistant from Mizzou Botanic Garden, will speak to their experiences of being a queer farmer in our community.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Lunch and Learn: LGBTQ
11 a.m.-noon
Women’s Center
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Join the Women’s Center for an exploration of the identities of women, feminism, allyship and being a part of the LGBTQ community. Free lunch for the first 25 people.

Pride Photo
5 p.m.
The Columns, Francis Quadrangle
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Show your pride and your support by coming to the Mizzou Pride Photo! LGBTQ and ally Tigers line up to show our campus and community MU supports all Tigers. Picture to be published in The Maneater.

Coming Out Week OUTReach Panel
6-7 p.m.
LGBTQ Resource Center
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Join Triangle Coalition as they host an OUTReach Panel discussing the coming out experience. Discussion will be informative, engaging and educational! Come hear the experiences of LGBTQ individuals on our campus.

Thursday – Oct. 12, 2017

Finding Your Community in the Digital Age
Noon-1 p.m.
MU LGBTQ Resource Center
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Join us as we discuss the ways in which online platforms have impacted LGBTQ youth through community building. Free lunch for the first 20 people.

Coming Out in the Real World: Career Planning for LGBTQ Students
4:30-6 p.m.
MU Student Center — St. Louis 1209A
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Join the MU Career Center and the MU LGBTQ Resource Center as we discuss beginning steps for LGBTQ students with career planning! This series will discuss resume building, discussing social justice involvement in interviews, professional dress, as well as navigating the workplace as an LGBTQ person. Free food will be provided.

Solidarity Series: Culture Vulture
6 p.m.
Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center
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Through various forms of media, we continue to see demonstrations of cultural appropriation.  The term “Culture Vulture” has been used to describe those who steal traits, languages and/or fashion from other groups to create their own identity. Come join us as we work to decide appreciation or appropriation! The event is hosted by the Multicultural Center, Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and LGBTQ Resource Center. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

OUTReach Panelist Informational
Noon-1 p.m.
MU LGBTQ Resource Center
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Have you ever wanted to educate the greater Mizzou community about your experience as an LGBTQ individual? Join us for an informational discussion about being an OUTReach Panelist and learn how to join to share your coming out experiences to campus.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Show Me Pride College Summit
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
MU Student Center
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Come join LGBTQ and ally college students from across the state for the fifth-annual Show Me Pride College Summit! The event is open to any Missouri College student. Registration is required. Visit our site for more information.

Black and Gold Drag Show
7:30 p.m.
Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union North
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Put on your best black and gold attire, and we’ll put on ours as we close out Coming Out Week! Join us for the fourth-annual Black ‘n Gold Drag Show featuring Mizzou students. Queens, Kings, High Femme, Butch Realness, music, dancing, and all manner of gender performance — this isn’t a show to miss! Admission is free, but don’t forget to tip the performers!

Outside the center this week:

Four Front presents: The Pulse that Never Stops Beating: A Conversation with Angel Colon
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
6-8 p.m.
2206 Student Center
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