Pasadena Celebrates National Coming Out Day

LGBT Pride flagPASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena’s Public Health Department, Pasadena Public Library and Pasadena PFLAG will host Pasadena’s 5th annual Coming Out Day Celebration virtually on Zoom and Instagram Live from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13. This year’s event is free, virtual and open to all. Sign up to attend. Free swag bag of goodies given to the first 200 registrants!

The keynote presentation, “Consider Me Booked!", features a one-on-one interview with Ross Mathews author of Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence and The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour. He is best known as “Ross the Intern” from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge. Tia Wanna (Te Jay McGrath) will serve as moderator.

Councilmember Margaret McAustin will kick off this year’s celebration. Panelists will offer advice, strategies and successes on LGBTQ Experiencing Homelessness: Addressing Barriers and Trauma and Ally/Parent Panel: Affirming Practices in LGBT families.

The popular Drag Queen Storytime featuring family fun stories with Queens Godoy, Pickle, and Kornbread Jete will air live on Instagram @pasadenalibrary.

This free virtual event supports those who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. Oct. 11, 2020, marks the 32nd anniversary of National Coming Out Day. 32 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day was first observed as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.

One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is one in 10.

This event is part of our city’s efforts to celebrate and foster an inclusive community. The City of Pasadena is an inclusive city. We are accepting of everyone regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status, socio-economic status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or disability.

For more information, contact Te Jay McGrath, tmcgrath@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-7239.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.