National Coming Out Week


National Coming Out Week 2022 
National Coming Out Week is a week of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) community at Clemson, with a particular focus on the coming out process. Mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for further developing events!

Please email Kim Carter ( if you would like to participate as a member of the planning committee.

The programs below were offered for National Coming Out Week 2021:

“Orgullo” (Pride) Panel – A Collaborative Event with Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month
Monday, October  4th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm via Zoom, Register here:

This intersectional panel will focus on issues around queerness and coming out in the Hispanic/Latinx community, including family, rejection, acceptance, and pride. Panelists (Nia Avila, clinical mental health counselor; Jose Giocamea, Pride Link; Alejandro Mejia-Tejada, C-SAGA; Brandon E. Rodriguez, Oregon Institute of Technology) will discussed their lived experiences and some recent media portrayals of these issues.

Keynote by Mariah Parker
Wednesday, October  6th from 7:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom, Register here:

Mariah Parker is the District 2 Commissioner in Athens, GA, and a doctoral candidate in Language and Literacy Education at UGA. According to Teen Vogue and her commission profile, she "is black, openly queer,... a rapper, and dedicated to transformative politics for communities of color." She has also toured internationally as a performing artist....She leads literacy workshops on hip hop, spoken word and civic engagement at local schools.

Research Symposium
Wednesday, October 13th from 7:00pm-8:30pm via Zoom:

Clemson faculty, students, and staff are invited to join faculty members Sarah Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Women’s Leadership and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; D. Travers Scott, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Graduate Studies; and Matt Voigt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Science Education for a panel discussion concerning LGBTQ+ studies across disciplines.

Ally Training: Awareness and Empathy
Thursday, October 14th from 9:30am-11:30am via Zoom, Register here:

Awareness and Empathy is the beginner training for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in becoming allies to the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will also gain a basic understanding of sex, sexuality, and gender. They will also explore their own social conditioning when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community and understand LGBT+ experiences more thoroughly.

Ally Training: Action and Advocacy
Thursday, October 14th from 1:30pm-3:30pm via Zoom, Register here:

Action and Advocacy Training is the portion of ally training dedicated to developing hard skills to practice allyship to the LGBTQ+ community. Though it is not necessary to complete the Awareness and Empathy ally training before attending the Action and Advocacy training, participants are expected to come into the Action and Advocacy training with a working knowledge of sex, gender, and sexuality and basic understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.

SHINE: Open Mic Night
Thursday, October 14th from 5:30pm-6:30pm in Hardin Hall 100
In celebration of National Coming Out Week, we invite students to participate in our National Coming Out Week showcase SHINE, a performance night dedicated to LGBTQ+ identities. We encourage students to express themselves in celebration through various art forms including, but not limited to song, spoken word, poetry, and storytelling!

Moonlight Showing and Q&A
Thursday, October 14th from 7:00pm-9:00pm in Hardin Hall 100

Join us for a showing of the 2016 film Moonlight with a discussion after. Moonlight follows the story of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in Miami. It presents three stages of his life and explores his relationship to the community that helps raise him.

LGBTQ+ Climb Night
Friday, October 15th from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the Fike Recreation Center

You're invited to a special night of rock climbing and socializing. Climbing wall specialists will be on the floor to help climbers of all levels. Everyone is welcome!

C-SAGA (Clemson Sexuality and Gender Alliance) National Coming Out Week Festival
Friday, October 15th from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Carillion Gardens

Come out to the Carillion Gardens and celebrate National Coming Out Day! Join us for a day of arts, crafts, photos, food, and more! Everyone is welcome!

Contact Kim Carter at with questions.