WESTMINSTER — Western Maryland College will recognize sexual diversity during National Coming Out Week early next month by sponsoring several events toraise public awareness of issues concerning human sexuality, specifically the civil rights of gays and lesbians.
All proceeds from theevents will benefit the Gay and Lesbian Resource Center of Carroll County.
National Coming Out Day, which commemorates the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights as well as the inaugural visit of the Names Project (the AIDS Quilt) to the nation's capital, is celebrated Oct. 11.
Activities will begin Oct. 6, when the Women's Theater Guild of Harrisburg, Pa., will perform two one-act plays written by guild members. This event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Decker College Center Forum, will be followed by a coffeehouse for the audience. Admission is $4 for the public, $3
for those with a student identification card.
On Oct. 7, Frank Kameny, a founding member of thefirst organization for gay men and the first openly gay person to run for political office in the United States, will give a free lecturein McDaniel Lounge at 8 p.m. Kameny, who began the Mattachine Society chapter in Washington in 1961 and was grand marshal of this year's Gay and Lesbian Pride Day Parade in Washington, will discuss issues pertaining to gays and lesbians, such as civil rights, military service and the history of the gay and lesbian rights movement.
Wade Fannin, head of Western Maryland College's Gay and Lesbian Alliance, said that in 1971, Kameny was the first person at the college to lectureon the rights of gays and lesbians.
Singer and guitarist Leah Zicari, known for her affirmative songs for gays and lesbians, will perform at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the
Terrace Room of the Decker CollegeCenter Pub.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Zicari has performed in New York and in several other states at a number of social and political events.
Admission is $4 for the public and $3 for students with a student identification card.
The WMC community is admitted free.
All proceeds from this performance will benefit the food pantry for people with the human immunodeficiency virus, AIDS or both.