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Pride Week events to address racism, homophobia in athletics

Attorney Brian Sims to deliver keynote speech on Thursday


Ohio University's 2011 celebration of Pride Week is set to highlight a variety of topics such as racism in the LGBT and African-American community and homophobia in the athletics world. All events are free and open to the public.

Pride Week is coordinated by the LGBT Affairs Commission of Student Senate and co-sponsored by UPC, Open Doors, the LGBT Center, SHADES, S.T.A.R.S., Black Affairs Commission, BSU and BSCPB.

These are some of the upcoming events:

Saturday, April 9

•    The Ohio University LGBT Center and Student Senate will host a kickoff rally at 1 p.m. in front of the Athens Courthouse to commence Pride Week.

Sunday, April 10

•    The LGBT Center will host a discussion titled, "Bridging Generations," at 6 p.m. in Baker 354. Attendees will be encouraged to explore the impact that age gaps play in the development of tolerant viewpoints.  

Monday, April 11

•    A transgender workshop to better understand the "T" in LGBT will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

Tuesday, April 12

•    The LGBT Center will host a SafeZone workshop at 2:30 p.m. in Baker University Center 237 and a panel discussion titled, "SpeakOUT," at 7:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

Wednesday, April 13


•    A community forum will be held at 6 p.m. in Baker University Center 242 to discuss a variety of topics including racism in the LGBT community and homophobia in the African American community.

Thursday, April 14

•    The LGBT Center will host a Dine & Discuss with Brian Sims at 12 p.m. in Baker University Center 354.
 
•    Brian Sims will present the keynote talk at 7:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom A. He is an advocate, policy attorney and national speaker on issues of LGBT equality. He currently serves as the president of organizations such as Equality Pennsylvania and as the chairman of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). In 2010, Sims was selected as one the top 40 LGBT attorneys under 40 in the United States by the National LGBT Bar Association. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 15

•    The LGBT Center will host a discussion titled, "Breaking the Silence," at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center 354. Students will also be encouraged to observe a national day of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools and colleges all over the United States.