October 11th is an incredibly important day for LGBTQIA+ History month. Since October 11, 1988, the day on which the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place, this day has marked a special moment for those among the LGBTQ+ community. It is a day where for celebration of those who have come out in the past, those who come out today, and to support and make the world a better place for those who will come out in the future. The first Coming Out Day was founded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit that being yourself can be inherently political and that the most basic form of activism can be as simple as owning who you are, loving yourself, and sharing your truth with those around you.
So while every day of the year we at the Poudre Press support the LGBTQIA+ community, today is a special day and a day we are very happy to say that we support the Community and are proud of those who have come before, those who come out today, and those who will come out in the future. You are not alone in the community and there are so many people who care about you. You are seen, you are loved, you are respected, and you are wanted here at this school. We are proud of exactly who you are.
While this is an incredibly important day for LGBTQ+ History Month, it can also be an emotional and difficult day for some. If you or someone you know is struggling, resources are available. The counseling office, Safe To Tell, and the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Hotline are all readily available resources. If you need help, there is help available, please don't hesitate to reach out.
The Poudre Press is a student run news blog for Poudre High School, operating both personal columns and local and school exposés.