OUR Center hosts Coming Out Day panel

Moderator Vonnie Allen and the five panelist on the NCOD panel at OUR Center.

National Coming Out Day is celebrated across the United States as a day to share our stories as to how we announced to the world  about who we are. OUR Center, the northern Nevada GLBTQ+ Community Center, hosted a panel of five people before an audience of about 30 people on Thursday, October 11.

The panel consisted of Mackena, a lesbian who is married and expecting their first child in December; Nicholas, an ally; The Lex, a gender fluid person; Paco Lachoy, a senior member of the community, and A.J., a former radio disjockey who came out in the air; moderated by Vonnie Allen, Program Manager of the Inclusion, Equity and Sustainability Office at Truckee Meadows Community College. Each panelist told their coming out story, spoke about what they would do differently if they could or what advise they would have liked to have about coming out and why it was important to come out.

There were several questions from members of the audience to conclude the activities at OUR Center. Refreshments, snacks and a “Coming Out Day” Cake were served.  The event was part of the month long celebration of Gay Hxstory month at the Community Center.

Mom Hugs-Reno, a group created after Northern Nevada Pride by Tina and Michelle to provide hugs to the GLBGTQ+ community, especial those who had lost their families by coming out, made the first public appearance and shared “Mom Hugs”

Read the full story in the November issue of therenoagaypage.

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