Robert Eichberg and Jean O’ Leary are credited with founding National Coming Out Day (NCOD) on Oct. 11, 1988.
NCOD will be celebrated all across the U.S. Eichberg and O’Leary founded this day to help celebrate the first anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington.
Western will join the national celebration by participating in a variety of activities that have been scheduled beginning Monday Oct. 7.
The first activity will be the ninth annual “ The Big Picture” event that begins at 10 a.m.
The Big Picture is an annual picture that is taken on the Sherman Hall front steps. The photograph will feature gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered students, faculty, staff and community members along with their family, friends and allies.
All members of the Western and Macomb communities are invited to participate in the photograph as a sign of support.
A “Big Picture” event will also be held on the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront campus on Thursday Oct. 10 at 1:15 p.m. in the
Macomb attorney Anne Burton will discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal issues from noon — 1 p.m. in Malpass Library 180 on Wednesday Oct. 9.
Burton will also speak at the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront campus from noon — 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 in room 103.