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October Isn’t Just About Halloween

By Chelsea Moran
Blog Content Contributor

fall painting
Painting by Jasmyne Flores

For 31 days and nights, the month of October is typically filled with scary movies, Halloween pranks, spooky themed snacks, and pumpkin carvings. While Halloween is one of the most festive days of the year, it is not the only important date to remember this month. October is actually a very busy time of year when many different groups and causes celebrate and raise awareness. Here are some other things going on this October:

National Coming Out Day
October 11, 2015 marks the 27th anniversary of National Coming out Day. A day that celebrates LGBTQIA. Coming out means taking control. Whether your coming out as LGBT or coming out as an Ally, every person matters. For more info about NCOD, check out Human Rights Campaign.

Spirit Day
October 20th is a day when the LGBTQIA community wears purple and takes a moment to remember all of the gay teens who took their lives. Spirit day is also meant to bring awareness to the physical and verbal abuse gay teens go through that ultimately leads some to choose suicide over another day of torment. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, know that you are not alone. There are resources to help everyone regardless of age. Please look into sites like the Trevor Project or the GLBT National Help Center. Texas State also has resources like Allies, the Safe Office Program, the Counseling Center, and several organizations. For a list of Allies who can help or for more information, visit the Texas State page for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Breast Cancer Awareness
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation “1 in 8 women will be diagnosed breast cancer.” During October, pink is worn to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. People, especially women, need to be aware of the serious issues surrounding breast cancer and make sure they get an annual mammogram and do regular self checks for abnormalities. For information about mammograms and how to detect early signs of breast cancer, go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation site.

Domestic Violence Awareness
Domestic violence is any physical, sexual or mental abuse that occurs in a relationship. In some cases, those being abused aren’t sure if they are actually being abused or don’t want to admit to themselves that they are being abused. Domestic Violence is a serious issue and if you or someone you know is in a violent relationship, got to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project for help.

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