TAMIU Student Group Dates First Rainbow Unity Confab March 29
Texas A&M International University's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA),
an officially sanctioned student organization, will host its first conference,
the Rainbow Unity Conference, on Wednesday, March 29, 2005
from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tori Cuddigan, GSA president, said the Conference offers an opportunity
for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and straight (GLBTS) students
and community to interact and explore common concerns.
"We're hoping to capture the diversity of our community and how
we are an integral part of all communities. Our Conference hopes to encourage
opportunities for dialogue and for working together to address common
concerns," Cuddigan said.
There is no cost to attend the Conference and the community at large
is welcome to attend.
Rosie Hinojosa, GSA vice president and event chair, said the Conference
is the second public event the group has held.
"We had a gender illusion show and benefit last semester to help
raise visibility and encourage our community. This effort is designed
to further communication, encourage more dialogue and more understanding,"
Registration will be at 8 a.m. in the Student Center
Ballroom, followed by opening ceremonies and an icebreaker from 9
a.m. - 10 a.m.
The Conference will include six distinct hour-long sessions. The first,
from 10 - 11 a.m., will include faculty participation.
The second, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. will feature students
addressing gay student issues and parents sharing their thoughts as parents
of gay children.
The third session, from 2 - 3p.m., will feature Jason
Stuart, an "out" comedian from the Los Angeles area who has
appeared on "My Wife and Kids," "Fat Actress," "Will
and Grace" and is currently touring with his comedy show, "The
Looking For Mr. Right Comedy Tour."
Session four, from 3 - 4 p.m., will offer an Open Forum
Debate on "Religion vs. Homosexuality" with Dr. Phoebe Godfrey
and Sister Rose Tresp.
Session five, from 4 - 5 p.m., will feature Yvonne
Gribble providing a presentation on sexually transmitted diseases and
HIV prevention. HIV testing will be offered throughout the Conference
in conjunction with Student Health Services and STACADA.
Session six, from 5 - 6 p.m., will offer a closing
Q&A Session featuring a panel of representatives from the TAMIU GLBTS
community. Closing ceremonies will follow.
For additional information, contact Cuddigan at email@example.com
or call 251-7244.
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