Out at Elmhurst

LGBT Events

The LGBT community at Elmhurst College sponsors a rich array of events and activities throughout the academic year. Here's an overview of our most prominent annual events; for details and additional listings, check the College calendar.

William R. Johnson Guestship
This annual guestship focuses on speakers and issues of particular interest to the LGBT community. Past guestships have featured gay rights activist Harry Knox, publisher and editor Tracy Baim, historian John D'Emilio, author Michael Schiavi and columnist and author Dan Savage. The guestship is named in honor of the Reverend Dr. William R. Johnson '68, who was the first openly gay person in modern history to gain ordination to the mainstream Christian ministry.

The Big Gay Gathering
An annual event, the Big Gay Gathering welcomes LGBT students from area high schools for an evening of lectures, discussions, performances and more. Sponsored by EQUAL (Elmhurst Queers and Allies), the gathering is designed to extend a sense of community to LGBT teenagers while increasing awareness.

National Coming Out Day
Each fall, Elmhurst College observes National Coming Out Day with worship services, panel discussions and a campus-wide celebration. All members of the College community are invited to participate by "coming out" about any aspect of their lives.

Mock Wedding
The annual mock wedding brings the LGBT community and its allies together for a celebration of love and commitment. The event includes a mock marriage ceremony as well as a wedding reception, complete with live music.

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