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Coming Out Week Kicks Off Oct. 21

Kickball, a game show, a film, and a circus are several events planned to celebrate Coming Out Week, Oct. 21-26, at the University of Maine.

The week starts with a flag raising at noon Oct. 21 on the Mall. Students and staff are invited to Memorial Union’s Multipurpose room 1-3 p.m. to write messages on fabric that will be used to make a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support quilt for the Rainbow Resource Center (RRC). Queer Kickball will held 5-7 p.m. in Mahaney Dome.

An interactive educational game show will be played 6-8 p.m. Oct. 22 in North Pod in Memorial Union.

“Orchids: My Intersex Adventure,” an award-winning film directed by Australian Phoebe Hart, will be shown at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 23 in Memorial Union’s Bangor Room. A discussion will follow. An LGBT reception with cookies and ice cream is slated for 3-4 p.m. in the third-floor Student Life office, also in Memorial Union.

Rebecca Kling, a transgender performance artist and educator, will have lunch with students 1-2 p.m. Oct. 24 in the RCC. Kling will lead a workshop, “How to be an Ally to the Trans Community” 3-4 p.m. in the Bangor Room, then perform “Uncovering The Mirrors” at 7 p.m. at Al Cyrus Pavilion Theatre.

A potluck dessert dance party starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Bangor Room.

Comedian and fire juggler Keith Leaf is a featured performer in the Rainbow Circus 8-11 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Atrium in Memorial Union. Attendees are invited to wear a Halloween costume.

To access the full schedule of events, visit For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Chelsea Barker at

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