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10-07-2010

National Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Leader & Bestselling Author Shane Windmeyer to Speak at Clarkson University October 12

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Shane L. Windmeyer, one of the foremost educators on sexual orientation issues on college campuses today, will speak at Clarkson University on Tuesday, October 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center Cheel Barben Rooms. The public is invited to attend this free event.swindmeyer

A national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a bestselling author, Windmeyer’s outspoken message has been described by many as heartfelt, energetic, full of passion, informative and a source of inspiration and pride. His unique style, insight, humor and personal stories actively engage the audience to break down stereotypes and stand up against hate and bigotry on campus.

A true champion for LGBT issues on college campuses, Windmeyer founded and serves as coordinator of CampusPride.Net -- National Online Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Leaders. Most recently, he authored The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students released by Alyson Books in partnership with The Advocate in 2006 and co-edited Inspiration for LGBT Students & Their Allies released by the Collegiate Empowerment Company in 2002.

Gay or straight, Windmeyer opens the closet door that traditionally keeps students silenced on issues surrounding sexual orientation. He combines humor and his own personal experience to destroy stereotypes that perpetuate homophobia and sheds light on an often invisible segment of the college community -- gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students.

This interactive, fun and thought-provoking presentation explores controversial issues as well as some of the myths about being gay. The program allows for a greater understanding of sexual orientation among all college students. Audience members will leave challenged to create stronger communities free of bigotry and to build coalitions for change on campus.

Windmeyer has been a featured guest speaker on over 500 college campuses. He is best known for his pioneering work with the Lambda 10 Project -- National Clearinghouse for GLBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues and his first two books Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity (October, 1998; Alyson Publications, Inc.) and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority (April of 2001; Alyson Publications, Inc.). The sequel to his first book was released in October 2005 and is titled Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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