Shipbuilders celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. Photo by Ashley Cowan

STRIDE Celebrates National Coming Out Day

Published October 25, 2022

Shipbuilders Together Realizing Inclusion Diversity and Equality (STRIDE) members and executives, including Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin, gathered beside Dorothy Oct. 11 to promote the continuation of a safe and inclusive environment where shipbuilders and others feel comfortable being their true selves.

“We had a great turnout. It was inspiring to see so many executives and STRIDE members showing their support and celebrating. It means a lot that we work for a company that actively engages in diversity efforts,” said STRIDE Chair Ariel Matthews.

This year’s National Coming Out Day marks the 35th anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987 and honors the bravery of LGBTQ+ individuals who decide to come out and live openly.

“A sense of belonging is important to have in the workplace, and having the comfortability to be yourself can provide that and encourage unity” said STRIDE Communications Chair Haleigh Benson.

Whether a part of the community or an ally, celebrating National Coming Out Day is an important way to raise awareness, according to STRIDE.

“At NNS our STRIDE ERG was organized to support the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. All employees are welcome to join STRIDE and support this community,” said Mary Cullen, vice president of Nuclear Propulsion and STRIDE executive sponsor.