by Graham Ambrose

The University of Missouri’s Coming Out Week came to a spectacular end with the LGBTQ+ Resource Center’s open house Friday, Oct. 15. Students, faculty, and staff alike attended the event to exchange stories and learn more about what the campus’ resource center has to offer, as well as what community resources are open to them.

“I want this to be a safe space for students to be themselves and engage in a sort of self-discovery,” said senior Alyx. “That’s not really something a lot of them get to do in high school.”

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center hosted several events across Coming Out Week, like its Queer Fall Fling and the annual Pride Photo, in which students who identify as LGBTQ+ pose for a photo while holding the iconic Pride flags. 

The center also hosts several clubs dedicated to raising awareness about LGBTQ+ issues, like Aces and Aros, a club centered around creating a safe space for students who identify as asexual or romantic. 

“I think the thing that Mizzou can do to make campus safer for students who identify as LGBTQ+ is to have more queer people on their administrative boards,” said freshman Ethan Brandwein. “They shouldn’t be viewing the students as a business, but rather people that they should be working with.”

Edited by Ryan Cohen