On October 11th, for the second consecutive year, Sue Ellen’s came alive with vibrant celebration as artist and activist DR Mann Hanson, in partnership with Resource Center, organized an exciting event to commemorate National Coming Out Day.
Community members from all walks of life gathered to share their stories, providing support, encouragement, and cheers for one another. It was a beautiful opportunity to connect, be seen, and create a safe and welcoming space where truths could be shared openly.
The event embraced everyone with open arms, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and acceptance within the LGBTQ+ community. Sweet treats were shared among attendees, symbolizing the sweetness of unity and solidarity.
National Coming Out Day at Sue Ellen’s was a celebration and a powerful reminder of the strength that comes from sharing our truths and standing together as a community.
DR Mann Hanson took some time out to discuss how this event came together and their plans for the future:
Why was this event created?
“I wanted to bring this event to the greater LGBTQ+ Community in Dallas. National Coming Out Days are traditionally held on College Campuses throughout the country, but I rarely, if ever, see one outside a school. And we know coming out doesn’t start or stop at the College Level, so where is the 28-year-old bisexual supposed to go to share their story? Coming out can also be a lifelong process, so where is the lesbian embracing their trans identity supposed to go to be celebrated? And many of us had a traumatic coming out story, so where is the gay man who wants to re-write their coming out story supposed to go? Well, in Dallas, they can come to Sue Ellen’s on Oct 11th!”
What impact do you think it will have on the community?
“Visibility has always been the greatest weapon in any fight for equality, so creating a safe and brave space for our community to rally and revel has the potential to heal our community. Hearing a story that makes you feel less alone has the potential to empower our community. Seeing your queer siblings tell their truths has the potential to inspire our community.”
What are your highlights of the event?
“Oh, wow…there were so many beautiful moments that warmed my heart. I think the intergenerational storytelling was powerful! Hearing from people that paved the wave for me to come out and inspire me to organize this event was incredible, and then seeing a Queer young person jump on stage in all their unencumbered joy, reminding us of our fight, in many ways, has just begun was mind-blowing. It was an honor to hold that container, and I am so grateful I was able to do it once again this year. “
What are your plans for the future?
“I hope this event continues in perpetuity, honestly. The minute we think coming out isn’t important is the minute our rights are threatened. The only response to someone coming out of any closet should be claps of affirmation, leaps of joy, and cheers of love. An entire day to do that very thing? Yes, please!”
Our National Coming Out Day event at Sue Ellen’s was a resounding success, thanks to the incredible efforts of DR Mann Hanson, as well as the dedicated staff and volunteers at Resource Center. This event embodied the essence of acceptance, unity, and celebration, providing a safe and welcoming space for our community to share their truths and connect with one another. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to DR Mann Hanson for his visionary leadership and to all the individuals who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Your commitment to our mission and the LGBTQ+ community is truly commendable.