Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day and, on October 13, IUCC will remember and celebrate in worship on Sunday morning (9:30 & 11) and with a bowling party for LGBTQ people and allies, 2 p.m. that afternoon at Irvine Lanes, 3415 Michelson Drive.
National Coming Out Day commemorates a turning point in the human rights movement when, on Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the Second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, what has come to be known as the “Great March.” Coordinated with that march was the first public display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, thousands of panels arrayed on the Capitol Mall, remembrances of loved ones felled by a disease that had no cure and that much of America was still reluctant to name and address as a crisis.
Every year, Oct. 11 is an occasion to remember that Silence=Death and to reaffirm that being out and proud and responsible as our authentic selves saves lives! That’s something to pray and sing about, and it merits having a party too! Why not invite friends to come and experience with you, on October 13, the strength and encouragement of an Open & Affirming community of faith.
Please join us Sunday, Oct. 13 for worship services that remember and celebrate National Coming Out Day, and do sign up to participate in the LGBTQ & Allies bowling party at 2 p.m. that afternoon. For the bowling, there will be sign-up sheets out at the church and online, iucc.org/register. 1.5 hours of playing time, shoes, a ball, pizza and soda are included; and a $10 donation is suggested.