Coming Out Circle offers space for students to share their stories


Courtesy of Lauren Kozel

Lauren Kozel (right), junior in advertising, posted this photo to her Instagram profile to come out as bisexual.

Logan Metzger

Editors Note: The Iowa State Daily will not be covering the event due to the private nature of the stories shared.

Students and community members will be meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday in 204 Carver Hall to share their stories. Specifically their coming out stories.

The Pride Alliance will be hosting a Coming Out Circle this Tuesday in celebration of National Coming Out Day which is recognized on Oct. 11. The Pride Alliance stated they have been doing this event for a couple years now.

“This is a safe space for people in the LGBTQIA+ community to come and share their experiences with their identities and how this has impacted their lives,” said Roslyn Gray, president of The Pride Alliance. “Allies are welcome to listen and offer emotional support in solidarity.

“After a brief introduction of various other opportunities on campus or in our community we lay down our ground rules, commonly known as DAANG, and then people can share as they feel inclined,” Gray said.

“This event promises to be moving and uplifting, and all stories shared here stay here. There is no requirement to share,” according to the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success. 

“An event where people in the queer community can share their coming out experiences in a validating space is needed in the ISU community,” Gray said about the event.

Gray said Iowa State has been spending time to make the campus and community more accepting, but there are still challenges students and queer students face.

“With this event it is one of the few places on campus where raw emotional bonding throughout the community can take place and because of these moments this event is always a very rewarding time,” Gray said.