Out on Britton
The campus community celebrated National Coming Out Day in true Dickinsonian style on Oct. 11, when participants and supporters donned rainbow-tie-adorned T-shirts and handed out homemade cake pops covered in rainbow sprinkles during the annual Out on Britton event.
During the event, several people contributed comments and stories to Dickinson's own "Make it Better" video project, which is due out next spring, said co-organizer Peter Shapiro '14.
Shapiro also shared his coming-out story, along with Gaven Trinidad '12, Amy Woolf '12 and Joy Verner, assistant to the vice president for student development and Pride@Dickinson coordinator. “Out on Britton was a great success,” Shapiro said. “People really enjoyed the cake pops, and DJ Joy Verner rocked the microphone.”
That evening, the Office of Campus Life sponsored a performance by award-winning slam poet and activist Andrea Gibson, held in the Holland Union Building's Social Hall. [Story continues below.]
Hosted by the Office of Diversity Initiatives under the banner of Pride@Dickinson, Out on Britton was just one of many OUTober events commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) history and celebrating a diversity of identities. The monthlong series began with the annual Stonewall Vigil on Oct. 3, hosted by LGBTQ student organization Spectrum.
Other events scheduled for October include a Queer-o-tastic Halloween Extravanganza, co-hosted by Spectrum and Alphi Phi Omega, and a karaoke fundraiser jointly sponsored by Scroll & Key and the Event Advisory Board.
Find out more about Pride@Dickinson.
By Michelle Simmons
Photos by Carl Socolow '77