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Dozens of students turned out in support of the GLBT community Thursday to commemorate National Coming Out Day. Allies sponsored the event, and students spray painted T-shirts that said, “Be You. Be True.”
Freshman Jenna Birch said that the event was both positive and fun.
“I think it’s really cool, it’s a cool idea,” Birch said. “I like the shirts. I think it’s a good cause just to be aware, and this is a good way to get the message out.”
Allies President junior J.T. Schuweiler said that the event is a fun way to celebrate a significant moment for members of the GLBT community.
“I thought that kids should have some fun while celebrating one of the most memorable things for every single gay, transsexual, bisexual, lesbian man or woman, which is coming out,” Schuweiler said.
Schuweiler also said that National Coming Out Day is not reserved for only the GLBT community.
“It’s also people coming out as allies, so it’s coming out as somebody who is willing to defend and assist and help the actual GLBT community,” Schuweiler said.
Students got creative with the shirts, laying them flat out, bunching them up and even making pictures.
Freshman Jabulani Mhlanga needed more than one to perfect his.
“I messed mine up. I’m actually going to get another one and try again. I’m not very artistic.”
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