Creators of Everyone Is Gay website to speak at UTBy Feliza Casano : October 11th, 2011
Russo and Owens-Reid founded the website everyoneisgay.com in 2010 to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning youth; it combines humor and serious discussion.
“After the recent onslaught of teen suicides related to LGBTQ bullying, we felt compelled to connect with our readers in a more personal, intimate format,” Russo said. “We want to talk to kids about the realities they are facing presently, and push them to change the things around them as they currently exist. We believe that youth, especially, have the power to bring change through both their attitudes and actions.”
Russo and Owens-Reid will visit UT at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Student Union Auditorium.
“LGBTQ issues are really not talked about on campus, but we need to talk about it in order to make any progress,” said Kelly Staufer, president of the Panhellenic Council and a member of the UT chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. “Most of the people who show opposition to this sort of thing are uneducated on how these issues affect our community and our youth.”
Staufer approached Russo and Owens-Reid last spring to discuss LGBTQ issues on campus and in the northwest Ohio area. The two are on a nationwide tour of high school and college campuses, giving interactive presentations that focus on issues surrounding the LGBTQ youth community while encouraging students to get informed and take action in the fight for equality.
“I just want people to support the event and come with an open mind. It’s not just a gay event,” Staufer said. “The speakers created their blog to discuss the issues, but also give advice — and make people laugh while doing it.”
Go to everyoneisgay.com to learn more.
The free, public event is one of a number on campus held throughout October in recognition of LGBTQA History Month. For more information, call the UT Office of Student Involvement at 419.530.2992 or visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/lgbt/index.html.