“Coming out week is a celebration
of National Coming Out day, so it is
just us [Gender Sexuality Alliance]
taking that day and turning it into
a week,” said Triston King, the Vice
President of GSA.
GSA is a safe space for the
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
Coming Out week represents a week
where students can relate to other
students and feel comfortable with
“As we celebrate this week, it is
for those students who are closeted so
they have somewhere they feel safe
and comfortable,” King said.
Each night, an LGBTQA themed
event is scheduled, and anyone from
the LGBTQA community, as well as
straight individuals, are invited to
attend to meet fellow students in a
“We want to emphasize the idea
that as a campus community, we
welcome anyone. It is nice to know
you’re not alone because we support
everyone, even those who decide to
come out,” said Courtney Zamzow,
Programming Coordinator on the
GSA Executive Board.
Each event has an accepting
environment that encourages
individuals of any sexuality to feel
comfortable with who they are, while
also allowing them to get out and
have some fun.“All of the events are fun and they
are also great experiences,” Zamzow
said. “Students can learn through
another person’s experience and let
out their emotions in the LGBTQA
Although Thursday’s event, Plan
B Trip, is full, students are encouraged
to attend Friday’s event. This event,
Sex in the Dark, will take place in the
DUC Alumni Room at 7 p.m.
The Sex in the Dark program is
an anonymous sex discussion with
individuals of all sexual orientations.
The free flowing question-and-answer
discussion will take place with the
lights out, protecting an individual’s
“Sex in the Dark is a safe space
program where anyone can express
themselves emotionally and sexually.
Some residence halls have had this
type of program, although it was
mainly heterosexual, and now ours is
homosexual as well,” King said.
Regardless of sexuality, GSA
members promote that coming out
week is open to anyone.
“These events are open to anyone,
queer or straight. Straight people can
have just as much fun as anyone,”
Zamzow said. Zamzow identifies
herself as a pansexual. She describes a
pansexual person to be someone who
has an emotional attraction towards
people of any gender identity.
Zamzow would like to dispel the
myth that the events will be ‘just a
bunch of gay people’ but instead
encourages people to take a step out
of their comfort zones and attend an
event, even if it is just to give it a try.
King notes that some individuals
believe that the LGBTQA community is
seen to have requirements and wouldlike others to know that isn’t true.
“People think gay people know
fashion or are sassy, and that may be a
reason why some people don’t come
out, because they don’t feel they fit
that stereotype, but they don’t have to,” King said.
“These events are a good sense of pride for the LGBTQA community,
they seem interesting,” said Jensen
Wohlgemuth, a junior elementary
education student, that planned to
attend the events until a work conflict
Even if the UWSP campus
community members aren’t able to
make it to any of the events, GSA
has an office in the basement of the
University Center and welcomes
“Anyone can come to the
Resource Center in the basement of
the DUC in room 70B,” King said,
and looks forward to using Coming
out week to make GSA visible as an
organization on campus.