Hiawatha Community Center hosted their first National Coming Out Day celebration on Thursday, October 18th. The event was organized by the Assistant Coordinator, Andrea Sisco. She said that the message of the event is to celebrate self-expression, openness, and love.
There were 100 community members who joined in on the fun. Boom Dance Studios and a live DJ provided a great way to get the crowd moving and dancing with a free mini hip hop dance lesson. The headliner to the event was the Give Back Brass Band. They were the perfect fit with their joyful music and commitment to community events. Attendees had the option to get creative with the community art projects stationed around the room. Organizations such as Lambert House that support LGBTQ members of all ages tabled at the event to provide resources. Representatives from the Seattle Police Department and NeighborCare also came to support.
West Seattle High School students who are in the Gender & Sexuality Alliance club were elated to attend this event. One of the students said, “It makes me happy to know that I have a safe place in our neighborhood community center to have fun and be myself. It was nice to see familiar faces at the National Coming Out Day celebration. I enjoyed the resources, music, and free ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.”