Celebrate National Coming Out Day with the LGBTQ Advisory Council

Press Release

National Coming Out Day - October 11, 2020DES MOINES, IOWA – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission’s LGBTQ Advisory Council (LGBTQAC), a subcommittee of the Commission, will host a virtual National Coming Out Day celebration on October 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The event will be a virtual “safe space” for people to come out and for members of the LGBTQ community to connect with one another virtually during the pandemic.

October 11 is observed as National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other members of the community to "come out of the closet."

"National Coming Out Day is dedicated to honoring the brave act of coming out. We must recommit to dismantling the barriers that prevent many LGBTQ people from living authentically as themselves," explained LGBTQAC Chair Erica Barz. "While we won't 'come out' physically this year to preserve everyone's health and safety, we hope this virtual space provides an opportunity for our Des Moines LGBTQ community to gather and celebrate every facet of who we are."

This virtual event will take place on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and all people in the Des Moines area looking for a space to discuss LGBTQ issues or “come out” are invited to attend. A proclamation recognizing National Coming Out Day will be read by Mayor Frank Cownie at the event.


Erica Barz
(319) 269-2676

About the Des Moines LGBTQ Advisory Council
The LGBTQ Advisory Council was formed in 2017 to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer residents and visitors of Des Moines to ensure the city’s department and services are fair and inclusive, with a focus on housing, employment, city services, and public accommodations.

About the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission
The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission works to foster justice and equality for all people who live or visit Des Moines by creating an atmosphere of opportunity regardless of: race, color, sex, creed, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, physical and mental disability or family status. More information is available at HumanRightsDSM.org or by emailing humanrights@dmgov.org.

About the City of Des Moines
The City of Des Moines: Iowa’s capital city and local government servicing more than 217,000 residents, 51+ neighborhoods, over 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer friendly atmosphere. Visit DSM.cityFacebook and Twitter for more information.