Johns Hopkins celebrates National Coming Out Day

Johns Hopkins marked the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day on Thursday with a coffee and bagel breakfast at the Office of LGBTQ Life on the university's Homewood campus.

"National Coming Out Day reminds us of the importance of living open lives—whether we are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, queer, or allies," says Demere Woolway, director of LGBTQ Life. "This is the sixth National Coming Out Day I have participated in at Johns Hopkins, and I'm excited to continue our tradition."

Founded in 1988, National Coming Out Day is a celebration of the voluntary self-disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity. It is an opportunity for the LGBTQ community and their allies to come together to celebrate each other and dispel stereotypes.

LGBTQ Life provides support, education, and advocacy around sexual and gender identity to members of the Hopkins community. Throughout the month of October, the office will be celebrating LGBTQ History Month. The celebration will culminate in a production of The Laramie Project, performed in partnership with the JHU Barnstormers.