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Day After Smith Speaks Out, Students Come Out

Posted October 10, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— About a hundred gay and lesbian students at UNC-Chapel Hill marked National Coming Out Day with a celebration of their own.

National Coming Out Day is designed to encourage gay people to be open about their sexual orientation. Friday's second annual march included music, speakers and poetry. Organizer Loralei Costa says the march helps gay students learn from those who have gone before them.

"There are probably some closeted people around here who are too scared to be honest with themselves, honest with their friends, honest with their parents," Costa explains. "I think having role models who are out and proud are going to help those people come to terms with what they're feeling inside of themselves."

Costa went on to say she feels college campuses are getting more tolerant, and that one day, marches won't be needed.