National Coming Out Day event held in Grand Rapids

National Coming out day in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Every year on Oct. 11 members of the LGBTQ community, celebrate National Coming Out Day.

In recognition of that, the Center for Inquiry MIchigan hosted an event, which was co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Pride Center.  The event, the Sunday Sessions Film Screening & Panel, was meant to raise awareness about the harms of conversion therapy, as well as what Coming Out Day means.

"It allows people especially youth nowadays or people that are struggling with their identity and their fear," said panelist Dr. Matthew Clark, a clinical psychologist at the Clark Institute. "It kind of empowers them it gives them resources about how to come out to their family, how to come out to their friends."

According to the Human Rights Commission, National Coming Out Day has been celebrated for the past 29 years. 

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