LGBT History Month

BSU LGBT History Month Keynote Speakers

October is LGBT History Month. Every year BSU presents a keynote speaker to celebrate.

BSU LGBT History Month Keynote Speakers

Two-Spirit People

Harlan Pruden (2016)

"Two-Spirit People: Then and Now - Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Historical & Contemporary North America"

Harlan Pruden (First Nation Cree), First Nation Scholar, community organizer and appointee to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, spoke at a History Month event that was co-sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Department.  Harlan presented an informative and entertaining examination of the rich history of the Two-Spirit people up to the present day.

Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor (2015)

"Allyship: Becoming a Champion For Inclusion on Your Campus"

In 2015, we had a bonus event for History Month when Hudson Taylor, founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally, came for an Ally Day event. Hudson, who was an NCAA All-American wrestler, became friends with LGBT students in college and decided to act as a straight ally and speak up against the homophobic language and behavior he saw ingrained in the athletic culture. The positive response he received from the LGBT community to his words and actions inspired Hudson to form Athlete Ally, which works to foster inclusive sports communities.

The Resilience of an Oppressed People

Dane Lewis (2015)

"The Resilience of an Oppressed People"

Dane Lewis, Executive Director of JFLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays) was our first international speaker.J-FLAG is the first human rights organization in Jamaica dedicated to serving the needs of LGBT people.  Its mission is “To promote social change by empowering the Jamaican LGBT community & build tolerance for and acceptance of the LGBT community by the wider Jamaican society”. Dane gave us a global perspective on LGBT equity and inclusion.

Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned

Jose Roldan, Jr. (2014)

"Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned"

Jose performed his award winning one man show "Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned", an auto-biographical coming of age story of a young Latino boy, who grew up in the South Bronx of New York City in the 80's/90's. He shows us just how he tries to identify himself in a world of stereotypes. He introduces you to the most memorable members of his family, from the freestyle queen of the Bronx to his BrujaTia who has discovered the secret in keeping a man. Jose takes you from the mean streets of the Bronx and the living room of his family's apartment to moments of his self-acceptance. 

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (2013)

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) is a Boston-based non-profit organization in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community. Founded in 2009, they work to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.

Kye Allums

Kye Allums (2012)

While attending George Washington University Kye Allums made history by coming out as the first transgender basketball player to play openly on a Division I women's basketball team. Since then he has been devoted to making a difference by fighting ignorance with education.

Faisal Alam

Faisal Alam (2011)

"Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims"

At age 19, while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, Faisal organized the first ever gathering of LGBT Muslims, which led to the founding of Al-Fatiha, an organization for LGBTQI Muslims and their allies. Faisal's keynote presentation at BSU highlights the many struggles facing sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world, and he examined the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality, and gender.

Dave Pallone

Dave Pallone (2010)

Dave Pallone worked 18 years as a professional umpire; 10 of those years with Major League Baseball. As the third youngest umpire in baseball history, he demonstrated courage, professionalism and the ability to withstand adversity through many of baseball’s high profile and controversial events. He is the author of the 1990 New York Time’s best-selling autobiography, Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball.

Robyn Ochs

Robyn Ochs (2009)

"Beyond Binaries: Identity and the Sexuality Spectrum"

Robyn is a national speaker, award-winning activist, and the editor of the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the Bi Women quarterly. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBTQ anthologies. She explored many questions including how we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences, the relationship between experience and identity, and the question of the fluidity of identity versus fixed identity.

 John Corvino

John Corvino (2008)

"What's Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?"

With a mixture of humor and irrefutable logic, Dr. Corvino addressed arguments typically made against homosexuality. Dr. Corvino has received outstanding reviews from other campuses for this and other talks.
Sponsored by The GLBTA Pride Center, Women and Gender Studies, and The Philosophy Department.

John Amaechi

John Amaechi (2007)

"Man in the Middle"

John Amaechi, retired NBA star, author of the best-selling autobiography, Man in the Middle, and official spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project, gave an inspirational keynote at BSU on achieving your dreams while remaining true to yourself. He has made numerous media appearances such as on Good Morning America, CNN's Headline News, ESPN's Outside the Lines, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Paula Zahn Now, and Your World with Neil Cavuto on FOX News.