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Retired Air Force major to give Spirit Day keynote speech

Alumnus will discuss bullying of LGBT teens


In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month and Spirit Day, two speakers will be on Ohio University's Athens campus on Thursday, Oct. 20, to discuss current LGBT progression.
 
Alumnus Dwayne Steward will share his story published in the book "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living," at noon in the LGBT Center located in Baker University Center 354. Steward is one of the founders of the University's LGBT support group SHADES, which is sponsoring the event. 
 
U.S. Air Force Retired Major Trevor Sthultz will speak from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Baker Center 240 about the effects of the recent repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The repeal enacted Sept. 20, lifted the ban on gay soldiers from openly discussing their sexual orientation while serving. 

Commenting on LGBT history month speakers, LGBT Center Director Mickey Hart says, "It's really about living history. It's not just something of the past, it is things we're participating in now that are making history."

Spirit Day was created in 2010 to commemorate those who have taken their lives as a result of homophobic distress and violence. Participants are asked to wear purple to show support for the cause. 

For more information on Spirit Day and LBGT events for the rest of the month, visit the LGBT Center website or call 740-593-0239.