The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood’s Education Program will have an open dialogue on LGBTQ History and Politics June 26, to celebrate Pride Month.
The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood has hosted a public monthly discussion about “reproductive justice, women’s health and social justice” since the beginning of the year. Subjects covered have included pornography, the evolution of birth, women in politics, sex education and intimate partner violence.
Ted Lewis, the Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ Campus Life at the University of Richmond and Salem Acuña, organizer with Southerners on New Ground will present this month’s “conversation about historical events and figures that have shaped the LGBTQ community and the issues that community members and allies presently face”. According to Richmond.edu, Lewis is the “first associate director for LGBTQ campus life” and the first person to hold a position of his kind in the Richmond region.
He created a safe and welcoming space by creating a LGBTQ lounge, Queer Book Club and bringing HIV testing to University of Richmond’s campus. Acuña has worked with “The Flying Brick Library: a local collective specializing in radical and social justice-oriented literature” and is currently involved with “social justice interpretation work”, stated Southernersonnewground.org.
The event to celebrate Pride Month will be held at 201 N Hamilton Ave, Richmond VA. Refreshments will be provided and anyone interested should RSVP through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.