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The Road to Equality Leads to Spelman College for National Coming Out Day

This post comes from Lauren Waters, HRC Diversity Student Assistant

Atlanta University Center and other Atlanta- area college students joined together yesterday to participate in an historic National Coming Out Day Celebration at Spelman College.  "Speak Out for Equality" hosted by HRC, Spelman College and Atlanta Pride was a bus stop of HRC's "On the Road to Equality" bus tour.  This event was a LGBT resource fair, which included live performances by local spoken word and musical artists, Red Summer, Ken J. Martin, Antron Rushad Olukayode and Nefertiti and the nefTunes, featuring KIN4LIFE.  Each artist shared their personal coming out stories and struggles they and other LGBT youth have encountered in life.  This was the first time any Historically Black College and University (HBCU) has allowed LGBT students to formally and openly express themselves without fear of discrimination.  In support of this effort the Atlanta AIDS Walk, Young Democrats of Georgia, Youth Pride, Georgia Equality, Afrekete (Spelman's gay-straight alliance group) and others tabled and provided resources during the event. 

 Ten years ago, an event of this magnitude was unheard of at an HBCU and Spelman College is a leading example what other college and universities should be doing to support their LGBT students and educating non-LGBT youth about this community and its movement.

The "On the Road to Equality" tour is rolling out of Atlanta, Georgia and onto Nashville, Tennessee, but we look forward to continuing our work in Georgia with local organizations.

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