UNCW Hosts Panel Discussion with LGBT Activist Jane Clementi

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and LGBTQIA Resource Office are hosting a free panel,"Faith Perspectives That Embrace LGBT Youth and Families," with Jane Clementi on Dec. 17, the University has announced.

A co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Jane lost her son Tyler in 2010. The shocking suicide made national headlines and has inspired the country to reexamine a deeper dialogue about bullying and the LGBT community. The Clementi family leapt into action and created their non-profit organization in the wake of Tyler's death.

"It is important for our campus to create opportunities for conversation," said Edelmira Segovia, Associate Provost of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. "We need to make students and community members aware of the harsh reality members of the LGBT community face. These same lessons can translate to members of other communities who are often rejected by society and face challenges in their daily lives."

Clementi has become a powerful voice for the LGBT community and their families. She will be joined by Raleigh's Reverend Jack McKinney, Ph.D., and local leaders Reverend Ernie Thompson, Ph.D., and Carole Christian, Ph.D. to bring awareness to the harm experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth when individuals, communities and society place a religious and moral stamp of condemnation and rejection.

Sponsored by Faith In America, the panel will take place in the Burney Center at 7pm. Tickets are not required.