Dance is Highlight of Coming Out Week

Saturday nights at the Cave are generally quiet, since bands from the Twin Cities finish playing Carleton’s premier music pub on Fridays. This was not the case last Saturday when the Cave opened its doors for the National Coming Out Day Dance, commemorating another successful National Coming Out Week at Carleton.
Scott Vignos '06 Oct. 16, 2003

Saturday nights at the Cave are generally quiet, since bands from the Twin Cities finish playing Carleton’s premier music pub on Fridays. This was not the case last Saturday when the Cave opened its doors for the National Coming Out Day Dance, to commemorate another successful National Coming Out Week at Carleton.

Student DJs provided the music and students, regardless of sexual orientation, came to the dance the night away. For many, there were familiar faces to be found, but for others, the dance was the perfect opprotunity to meet the community.

"The best thing about the Coming Out Dance is that there are no expectations or assumptions. And, you can dance with anyone you want to," commented sophomore C.J. Griffiths.

The dance signaled the end of a full week of activities focused on National Coming Out Week at Carleton. Prominent gender activist Riki Wilchins spoke early in the week, followed by a talk given by Lance McCeady, assistant professor of educational studies, and junior Louis Graham about the interaction of gender, race and sexual orientation. A panel was also held in Nourse where students had the opportunity to talk about their experiences with coming out to friends and family.

While the tone of the week was serious, Carleton students found time to have fun with a potluck at Queers and Allies House and rainbow tie-dyeing on the Goodhue Superlounge balcony. The dance itself was sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Center and Carleton In and Out (CIAO), Carleton’s coming out and LGBT support group.

As the night went on and the crowd grew at the Cave, it became clear just how diverse the students at Carleton are. By the pool tables a couple danced the salsa, while over by the stage others got down to the club beats. Still others sat at tables with friends, content to simply observe the dance floor and enjoy another Saturday night at Carleton.