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UIS Closet Door on the Quad on National Coming Out Day feat. Guess The Str8 Person gameshow, Mandy Carter, & Summer Osborne

Event Type
LGBTQA Resource Office
Quad by the Colonnade Fountain
Oct 11, 2012   4:00 - 6:00 pm  
Mandy Carter
Originating Calendar
Gender and Sexuality Student Services Public Events

Step throught the door and tell your story! Featuring opening remarks by Mandy Carter, music by Summer Osborne, the "Guess The Str8 Person" game show by inQUEERy student peer educators, free t-shirts, booths from local area LGBT orgs as well as affirming churches, and ofcourse a lot of storytelling.

Sponsored by the LGBTQA Resource Office at UIS:

National Coming Out day is held annually on October 11 and encourages people to take the next step in their coming out process, and commemorates the 1987 Na

tional March on Washington for LGBTQ equality. UIS celebrates with the Closet Door on the Quad. Participants are encouraged to walk through the door and tell their coming out stories or why they are allies to the LGBTQA population. Allies are encouraged to participate!

Watch video from the past two years on YouTube at

About Mandy Carter:

Carter has a long history of organizing for social justice, racial equality, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) equality that spans more than four decades. She credits her longstanding commitment to activism to the influences of the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee, the former Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, and the pacifist War Resisters League, but her participation in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-inspired Poor People’s Campaign organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1968, truly solidified her life-time commitment to nonviolence.
In 1993, Carter was one of the six co-founders of the Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and she served as its Executive Director. Founded and based in Durham, SONG’s purpose is to build progressive movements across the South by developing transformative models of organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender, and sexual identity. Specifically, SONG integrates work against homophobia into freedom struggles in the South.

In 2003, she also helped found the National Black Justice Coalition, a national civil rights organization of concerned African-American LGBT individuals and allies dedicated to fostering equality by ending racism and homophobia.

Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as a part of the “1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” in order to recognize, make visible and celebrate the often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world. She has services on a long list of Board of prominent social justice and political organizations, is a featured speaker at national civil rights events, and has received a number of honors from groups such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Boston Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

About Summer Osborne:

Imagine if Adele, Carole King, and Joss Stone had a love child… it would be Summer Osborne. Music is often described by genre, but Summer cannot be put into a category. She is a symphonic smorgasbord. Her music can loosely be described as folk soul, acoustic rock, and piano pop… but you will hear glimpses of jazz, blues, and comedy. She writes and sings real music about real life and every show is an emotional experience! It is the evolution of the soul – one song at a time.

Summer has been on stage since age four, but has been performing her original tunes for fans since 2005. During that time, lyrics and melodies have been continuously flowing through her, resulting in five full albums and an EP. Songs From A Rolling Black Chair, Summer’s debut album, deals with the drama of coming out. Her sophomore release, Don’t Call Me Mrs. Osborne, is a “vanilla” production for
the small farm community from whence she came. It’s About Damn Time, Summer’s third CD, features a transcendence of genres as she further honed her craft. Her fourth CD, Winter Driven Summer, describes her walk through the depths of her mother’s illness and eventual death. Summer’s latest full album, Revelation, is upbeat and infused with love. This summer, she released an EP, With Love…

Sponsored by the LGBTQA Resource Office at UIS:

Local and campus orgs and departments will have booths. Including: SARA/First Street Renaissance, 1st church of Brethren, Phoenix Center, P-Flag, Lincoln's Church, UIS Health Services, UIS Counseling Services, UIS Women and Gender Studies, UIS Career Development Office, UIS Center for Teaching and Learning. Have a group that wants a space? Write
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