Berkeley Lab’s LGBTQ association, Lambda Alliance, celebrated National Coming Out Day (NCOD) on October 11, 2016. NCOD was first observed at the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights 28 years ago. According to the Human Rights Campaign: “One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10… Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.”
Berkeley Lab honors all who have come out as LGBTQ or as a straight ally for equality, which, in turn, creates new advocates. The Lambda Alliance provided resource materials at the Cafeteria, including: coming out as LGB or transgender, 10 Things You Can Do to Be a Straight Ally, I’m a Straight Ally Because… Postcard, I Need a Straight Ally Because… Postcard, NCOD and ally stickers, and Berkeley Lab’s Nondiscrimination Policy.
For more information about the Lambda Alliance, please visit their website.