ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – For the first time ever the University of Texas at Arlington is celebrating Gay Pride Week.

The campus LGBTQA Program is hosting events through Friday, many of which are free and open to the public.

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Some of the highlighted events include a Tuesday night symposium looking at the state of higher education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Author Shane Windmeyer will lead the discussion. Windmeyer is a co-founder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national organization focused on creating a safer college environment for LGBT students.

As part of the Lambda Arts & Education Series Fort Worth city councilman Joel Burns, Tarrant County’s first openly gay elected official, will speak from Noon to 1 p.m.

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The campus will mark National Coming Out Day, October 11, by holding a Pink Door Event. Attendees can take a photo as they walk through a large pink door, to symbolize the act of coming out of the closet.

Events are scheduled all wee on the UTA campus. Click here to find out more.

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