National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day is this Thursday, October 11. BC’s GLC (GLBTQ Leadership Council) will be hosting a number of events on Thursday in conjunction with National Coming Out Week to celebrate the nationally-observed day, including a talk by Professor John McDargh of the theology department called “Be Well: Coming out; Owning One’s Unique Sexual Identity” and a “Guess Who’s Gay” panel event intended to shatter stereotypes. “Support Love” T-shirts will be sold at all the NCOW events.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, this year’s theme for National Coming out Day is “Come Out. Vote,” in light of the upcoming November elections. People are encouraged to lobby their elected officials to support LGBT equality.

National Coming Out Week was first celebrated in 1988 in honor of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The march resulted in the founding of many important LGBT organizations. BC has celebrated the week for the past 10 years. National Coming Out Day is intended to celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, or an ally. It has a secondary purpose of promoting government and public awareness regarding GLBTQ rights.

GLC could not be reached for comment on this week’s events.

Come out to one of the many National Coming Out Week events to show your support, or at the very least buy one of those cute “Support Love” T-shirts.

Name: Jillian Timko
School, major and year: Arts and Sciences, International Studies, 2014
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? I love the Gavel because it’s so new. We are still figuring out who we are as an organization and how far we can go. While this presents us with a clear set of challenges, it’s really fun to try different things and build our own identity.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day?
First, I would take them on an actual tour of the campus—it’s beautiful and deserves to be shown off. Then I would take them to a football tailgate, a hockey game, and to Marathon Monday. And we would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hillside – after an egg sandwich, a Panini, and a cheeseburger, who wouldn’t want to go to BC?
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?
I would tell myself to keep pushing to meet new people and try new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a groove you’re comfortable with, but you should never limit yourself like that—the people at BC and the school itself have so much to offer.
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
A classroom in Gasson, or the booths on the first floor of O’Neill.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night?
Usually mozzarella sticks, sometimes pizza…
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
Love and Memories by OAR
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn?
I was a gumball machine, along with our lovely editor-in-chief, and we rocked it.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
There’s this Italian restaurant called Bolu in my hometown. It’s always absolutely delicious, and it has enough variety on its menu to get me through the rest of my life.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why?
The characters on How I Met Your Mother. Mainly so I could experience the joy of high-fiving Barney Stinson all the time.

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