Gay rights activist to speak March 26

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Author and gay rights activist Jennifer Storm will speak March 26 at Gettysburg College.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture will take place in the College Union Building Room 260. Storm will discuss her novel, "Blackout Girl," which is a memoir detailing her youth. She struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, suicide attempts, trauma of rape and constant confusion about her sexual orientation. The event is free and open to the public. Her talk is part of the GLBT Speaker's Symposium Series and sponsored by the college's Allies organization.

Born and raised near Allentown, Pa., Storm graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in rehabilitation services and a master's in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. In August 2002, Storm joined Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) as the organization's second executive director. Before joining VWAP, Storm was the first full time director of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition (SPARC), a non-profit coalition dedicated to securing and defending fully comprehensive civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in Pennsylvania. In 2002 her work at SPARC culminated in the Pennsylvania legislature's passage of one of the most inclusive hate crime statues in the country. She has done more than 500 media and radio interviews in the past five years with frequent appearances on all major networks including, ABC, FOX, NBC, NPR, CBS and PBS as well as appearances in Rolling Stone, Time, Curve, The Advocate, WE and Women Magazine.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Lawrese Brown, class of 2010

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2009

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