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Kenyon Farrow to speak on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Feb. 5

Kenyon Farrow, a writer and activist for issues that fall at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons and homophobia, will speak about HIV/AIDS awareness in the Black community at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Baker University Center Theatre.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Friday, Feb. 7 this year.

Farrow serves on the executive committee of Connect 2 Protect New York, which works to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescents and young adults nationwide, and the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies. He is also working on a new report on LGBT politics and the Tea Party with Political Research Associates.

Farrow is the former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice, an organization that organizes, researches and advocates for low-income and working-class lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

He was been named one of the "Movers and Shakers" in HIV/AIDS activism by TheBody.com. Out and Advocate magazines have honored him as one of the Out 100 for 2008 and one of the "40 Under 40" LGBT leaders in the U.S. for 2010, respectively. Black Entertainment Television named him one of the "Modern Black History Heroes" for 2011.

The Office of Multicultural Programs, Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) and the Senate Appropriations Commission (SAC) will sponsor this event. It is free and open to the public.

The Office of Multicultural Programs focuses all its programs and activities on intercultural teaching and learning. It provides a place where members of the university community, representing a variety of backgrounds, can participate in programs and activities.­ All programs aim to increase human understanding through the study and expression of culture.