KCC observes LGBT History Month with closet door display

Kellogg Community College is observing LGBT History Month with a display of four closet door panels dedicated to raising awareness of the LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — community.

The doors, cosponsored by the Spectrum campus club and the Student Life office, will stand though Friday, Oct. 26, across from the security desk on KCC’s North Avenue campus.

TaNisha Parker, manager of Student Life at KCC, said each door panel represents a different theme, with one dedicated to human rights, equality and justice; one including a timeline of historical items of interest to the LGBT community; one featuring famous people and celebrities who are openly homosexual; and one including the abbreviation LGBTQ and what each letter stands for.

“Coming out of the closet” is a term often used by the homosexual community to refer to an individual’s disclosure of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The closet doors represent coming out and be comfortable with yourself,” Parker said. “We felt like this was a really good opportunity to promote diversity and support student organizations.”

LGBT History Month is a month-long, annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and history, and includes National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.