Posted October 5, 2011
The Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University, in close collaboration with the ISU QSA (Queer Straight Alliance, formerly LGBTSA) club and the Genesis Project, will welcome writer, activist and licensed Zumba instructor Jack Sweitzer to Pocatello and the ISU campus for the annual recognition and celebration of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 12.
The event, which dates back to 1988 and was first organized in California, has grown to an internationally celebrated manifestation and is observed in all 50 states as well several countries around the world. The purpose of National Coming Out Day is to celebrate the process of coming out as well as to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the community.
Sweitzer has spent years writing for various magazines and publications, been involved in a number of events as an activist for gay rights and is currently living in Bellingham, Wash., where he pursues writing and also works as a Zumba instructor. At ISU, Sweitzer will be giving two readings dealing with the process of coming out and the importance of mental and physical health. He will also be hosting a workshop on "writing for activism."
"We are beyond excited to have Jack Sweitzer come to ISU for National Coming Out Day," said Åsa Burlin, AmeriCorps member at the Anderson Gender Resource Center. "This is such an important event, and it's great to see different groups join forces and work together to be able to organize something like this."
The first reading will be held at the Bengal Cafe in the Pond Student Union on ISU campus at noon Wednesday, Oct. 12. Free sandwiches will be provided for the first 30 attendees. At 6 p.m. there will be a "Writing for Activism" workshop in the Wood River Room, followed by a second reading at 7:30 p.m., also in the Wood River Room. All activities are free and open to all.
For questions or more information about the event, please contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805.