Pasadena Celebrates National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ+ History Month

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena Public Library and Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services will host Pasadena’s 6th annual Coming Out Day Celebration on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park, located on the corner of Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street. The annual, free event is part of the City’s efforts to celebrate and foster an inclusive community.

The keynote presenter is Tyanta Snow, the “Game Show Guru.” A well-known television personality, actor, host and musical artist, he has appeared on over 15 reality shows and game shows and is currently appearing as Human #28 (The Tic Tac Toe Guy) on the Netflix hit reality show “100 Humans.” Snow also has his own gospel group named Ty Snow and Xtreme Purpose, which has toured and recorded across the country. He serves as director for KJLH Radio Free Voices under Stevie Wonder’s direction. Known affectionately as “Mr. Tigger,” Snow also works as a special education teacher for Pasadena Unified School District, bringing a bright light to everyone he comes across and ensuring that fun and laughter are the most important part of the day.

Tia Wanna (Te Jay McGrath) will serve as the evening’s moderator. The celebration will also feature the popular Drag Queen Storytime, featuring fun family stories, crafts, LGBTQ speakers, music, resource tables, giveaways, and free HIV testing, COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots.

This event is for all ages and supports those who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. Pasadena’s celebration coincides with the 33rd anniversary of National Coming Out Day, launched to recognize the first National March on Washington for lesbian and gay rights and to remind all of us of the power of coming out.

Nearly one in two Americans knows someone who is gay or lesbian. That number is one in 10 for transgender people. Coming out—whether as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied—still matters. Sharing our stories helps raise awareness and change perspectives. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law.

At their Oct. 4 meeting, Pasadena City Council members are scheduled to proclaim October 2021 as LGBTQ+ History Month in Pasadena to celebrate and commemorate those who fought for equal rights and services for the LGBTQ+ community; and as a means of educating others, promoting a culture of acceptance and inclusivity, and advancing equality for all.

The City of Pasadena is proud to be an inclusive city, 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 Youth Services Librarian Jane Gov, or (626) 744-4246.

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