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Rob Smith: The State of LGBTQ People Of Color in 2016 and Beyond
Starts 7:00 PM
Thursday Apr 6, 2017
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 401
Rob Smith is an Iraq war veteran, journalist, and author of the #1 bestseller “Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming Of Age As A Gay Man In The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Army,” which is the recipient of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Award for LGBT Nonfiction and a nominee for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Memoir. In 2010 he was arrested at the White House with 12 other LGBT activists in protest of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law which barred lesbian, gay, and bisexual soldiers from serving openly, and he was later a guest of President Barack Obama at the ceremony that repealed the law.
In this lecture Rob Smith offers sobering statistics and anecdotes from his own life as well as his journalistic work in the hopes of giving allies of LGBTQ people of color an insight into the issues they face, and the tools and advice that POC need to survive in a society where the deck is stacked against them.
Sponsored By: Multicultural Life (Dept. of)
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