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UH Mānoa celebrates National Coming Out Day

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Rainbows decorated the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Campus Center courtyard as LGBTQ allies celebrated the National Coming Out Day LGBTQ+ Resource Fair on Friday.

The fair featured live entertainment from local drag queen Anna Mei, live music and free rainbow wristbands courtesy of the UH Rainbow Alliance along with other goodies and prizes from Pau Violence.

This year’s Coming Out Door featured flowers and an array of Instagram photo booth props to provide picture opportunities for students.

“Next week we have Pride Festival coming up, so to prepare for that we brought in outside resources like the Harm Prevention Center (formerly the Life Foundation) and the Hawaiʻi Gay Football League,” Joshua Kim, chair of the Rainbow Alliance and member of the LGBTQ+ Office at UH Mānoa, said. “We’re trying to continue the sense of community that we have over here for LGBTQ+ folks.”

Among the organizations tabling throughout Campus Center were the Church of the Crossroads, the LGBTQ+ Legacy Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Generation Action Hawaii—a campus RIO for planned parenthood and LGBTQ education.

Other fair activities consisted of Planned Parenthood surveys—regarding campus-wide access to menstrual products and condoms—and goodies such as stickers, temporary tattoos, pins and candy.

A “Things I Learned Today” board, presented by Generation Action, allowed students to post a sticky note of something they learned about the LGBTQ community by visiting the fair booths.

Kim reminded students that the UH LGBTQ+ Office hosts a Coffee Hour every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Queen Liliuʻokalani Center in Room 208, where students can gather at a safe space to discuss LGBTQ+ topics and concerns.