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Fifth annual “Ally Rally” at CSUB to focus on tolerance of LGBTQ individuals
May 15, 2014
CSU Bakersfield will again focus on tolerance during the fifth “Ally Rally” on Thursday, May 22, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. The Ally Rally is a free event that focuses on how students, staff, faculty and our community at large can be effective allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals (LGBTQ).
LGBTQ people have more and more been highlighted in the news around the nation. In January of this year, a California law was passed that allowed transgender students to use facilities that fit with their perceived gender. Gay marriage bans in multiple states, including Arkansas and Idaho, have being overturned. In addition, just this past Saturday, Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL.
Organizer Dr. Anne Duran, CSUB Psychology professor says, “I love having the opportunity to help answer people's questions about LGBTQ people, and at the same time, letting LGBTQ people see that they have support in our community.” She noted that more than 250 people attended last year's Ally Rally.
The event will consist of a discussion with panelists: Ike Duran, President of Parents, Friends, & Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Valerie Schultz, Columnist for the Bakersfield Californian; Michael Harville, Safe Zone Coordinator at CSUB; David Stabenfeldt, Pastor of First Congregational Church; Whitney Wedell, Chair, Bakersfield LGBTQ; and Angel Armenta, a student at CSUB.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or parking instructions, please call Duran at 661-654-2298.