Coming Out Week

Coming Out Week 2016

Coming Out Week is celebrated all across campus with many events, discussions, programs, The Pride Photo, and more! Coming out is a unique experience and process. Learn more, be an ally, come out yourself, and enjoy the week of celebration and education.

OUTReach Panel Member Info Session – RSVP through OrgSync
Monday, October 10
12:00pm – 1:00pm
LGBTQ Resource Center, G225 Student CenterHave you wanted to use your coming out story to help create change on MU’s campus?  The LGBTQ Resource Center is having an info session for OUTReach Panels, a program where student go into classrooms, student organizations, and other groups to help dispel myths and use the power of story to create more inclusive spaces.  Food will be provided. Open Safe Space Training – RSVP required through OrgSync
Tuesday, October 11
3:00pm – 5:00pm
MU Student Center, St. Louis and Kansas City Rm. 1209Learn to be a resource for LGBTQ and ally students, staff and faculty. Safe Space is a training designed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to be an effective ally. RSVP through the LGBTQ Resource Center’s Orgsync portal.


Poly Chat: We Like To Have Our Cake and Eat It Too – RSVP through Facebook
Tuesday, October 11
LGBTQ Resource Center, G225 Student Center

For monogamous and polyamorous folks alike, this hour will investigate polyamorous relationships, from terminology to balancing partners. We’ll debunk some myths about polyamorous relationships and cheating, stereotypes, and communication within polycules. Our panel will explore individual forms of polyamory before we open the room for an informative discussion, so come whether your interest has just been piqued or you’ve got a list of questions!


Coming Out in an Intersectional Environment – RSVP through Facebook
Tuesday, October 11
LGBTQ Resource Center, G225 Student Center

Join Queer Trans People of Color as they discuss the experience of coming out (or not) within complex and intersectional identities.  Topics range from “what does it looks like to come out as a person of color?” to “Why do some individuals stay on the down low?”, or other questions brought to the table.


Pride Photo – RSVP Through Facebook
Wednesday, October 12
Columns outside Jesse Hall

Show your pride! Show your support! Come to the Mizzou Pride Photo. For the 20th year in a row, LGBTQ & Ally Tigers line up to show our campus and community MU supports all Tigers. The picture will be published in the Maneater. Bring everyone!


Out in STEM Pride Photo Get Together – RSVP through Facebook
Wednesday, October 12
6:00pm, at the Heidleburg

Come join Out in STEM after the Pride Photo for a casual get together and some appetizers at the Heidelberg!


Coming Out Week Keynote: MU Alum Asher Kolieboi – RSVP via Facebook
Wednesday, October 12
Arts & Sciences 113

Asher Kolieboi is a black trans man who graduated from Mizzou in 2009, and Co-founder of MU Queer Trans People of Color (formerly Queer People of Color). Asher went on to attend Vanderbilt University and receive a Master of Divinity in 2015, and is currently studying LGBT Health Policy & Practice at The George Washington University. Sponsored by Triangle Coalition, Queer Trans People of Color, and Fluidity.


“Your Friend Came Out As Trans, Everything They Want You to Know” – RSVP through Facebook
Thursday, October 13
LGBTQ Resource Center

Imagine your best friend, roommate, co-worker, or family member came out as trans. You may have a lot of questions that you are afraid to ask. You want to be supportive, but don’t entirely understand and don’t want to be offensive. That’s ok! Come learn from the experiences of a panel of trans students and ask questions about how to be a supportive friend and ally. Hosted by Fluidity


Black ‘n Gold Drag Show – RSVP though Facebook
Thursday, October 13
Doors 7:30pm, Show Starts 8:00pm
Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

Put on your best black and gold attire, and we’ll put on ours. Join us for the fourth annual Black ‘n Gold Drag Show featuring Mizzou students as we close out Coming Out Week. 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!  Sponsored by Triangle Coalition.


MIZ-OUT Faculty-Staff Social
Friday, October 21
Beginning at 5:00pm
The Vault, located at 23 S 8th St.

Join LGBTQ+ and Ally faculty and staff from all across our campus and community for an informal faculty and staff social. Know someone who would like to be included on MIZ-OUT’s listserv? Have them contact Sean Olmstead at Partners and family welcome!

We are committed to holding events that are inclusive and accessible to all. Should you anticipate any barriers to your participation, please contact Sean Olmstead at