Temple’s National Coming Out Week came to a close this Friday. A festival located at the bell tower, also known as NCOW Fest, culminated a week of on campus events catered to the LGBTQIA community. National Coming Out Week at Temple is celebrating its 10th year of activities that were created to raise awareness of the annual October 11th National Coming Out Day.
Organized by the Temple Wellness Resource Center and Student Housing and Residential Life, NCOW makes an effort each year to provide resources to the Temple community.
“It’s important for NCOW Fest to happen every year because as part of the NCOW committee, we think it’s important to celebrate queerness, LGBTQIA identities, and people’s comfortability and love for themselves,” explains Sheena Sood, Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Graduate Extern. “It’s important for us to be in public spaces where we can show the greater Temple community that this is an inclusive community that recognizes and honors everyone where they’re at.”
Campus partners such as the Temple Student Government, Student Affairs, and the Youth Health Empowerment Project set-up tables with pamphlets, wristbands, and more to promote their participation in the LGBTQIA community. There were also food vendors with cotton candy, popcorn, and snow-cones to attract students.
Throughout the week, Temple hosted events such as the 5th annual drag show, alumni panel discussions, and networking with faculty and staff to create a safe space for LGBTQIA + students to build connections and expand their network.