Political Round-Up

BTL Staff
By | 2007-09-20T09:00:00-05:00 September 20th, 2007|News|
Triangle Foundation hires new staff

DETROIT–Triangle Foundation has added two new staff members to their team. Joining the organization are Georgia Carpenter and Chene Koppitz. Carpenter, who has a Master’s degree in Psychology, joins the organization as Victims Advocate. She has 18-years of experience working with victims of domestic violence. Koppitz will take on the position of Events Coordinator. She has served as the press coordinator for the Tribeca Film Festival and holds degrees and certifications from several southeast Michigan universities or tech schools. She is currently pursuing a dual Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Communications and Gender Studies at the UofM. “Georgia and Chene bring with them a literal wealth of experience,” said Triangle Executive Director Jeffrey Montgomery. “We look forward to introducing both of them to our community at our upcoming State Dinner in Dearborn and the Reel Pride Film Festival in Royal Oak in October.”

MSU Alum to head Stonewall Democrats

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Jon Hoadley, a graduate of Michigan State University, has been named as the new executive director of the Stonewall Democrats. “Jon Hoadley’s established credibility and results-driven passion are a motivating and complementary fit for the work of the members of National Stonewall Democrats,” said National Stonewall Democrats Board Co-Chair Laurie McBride, according to a report on 365Gay.com.
“At the intersection of LGBT and Democratic politics, National Stonewall Democrats is an organization exceptionally positioned to change the political landscape and fight for equality,” Hoadley said in a statement. Before joining Gill Action, Hoadley served as Executive Director of South Dakotans Against Discrimination. While a student at Michigan State University, he also served as Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party. He also has had professional fellowships with People for the American Way and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. He has also been awarded a PRISM award by the Lansing Association for Human Rights, and a Catalyst Award from Triangle Foundation.

MSU to host counter event

EAST LANSING – While Ryan Sorba is presenting his speech “The Born Gay Hoax,” to members of Young Americans for Freedom on Sept. 25, members of the LBGT community will be hosting their own event. Entitled “Disarming the Heterosexual Hoax: A Panel Response to Ryan Sorba’s Anti-LBGT Message,” will take place in the MSU Union Building, Parlor C at 7 p.m. Sept. 25. A location for Sorba’s speech has not been announced. “Leaders of MSU LBGTA student communities have made a philosophical commitment to meet ignorance with education, hatred with compassion, and fear with understanding,” a press statement from the Office of LBGT Concerns at MSU read. To read the complete response visit: http://lbgtrc.msu.edu/resources/philosophical-commitment.htm.

CMU introduces new idea-based student groups rules

MT. PLEASANT- Central Michigan University will allow groups, which are formed on the basis of ideas or beliefs, to discriminate in who can be a member of the group. The new rule comes after student Dennis Lennox II contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to seek assistance in preventing a hostile, democratic take over of Young Americans for Freedom. Any group wishing to discriminate based on beliefs must amend their student constitutions and file a statement of beliefs with the Student Life Office.

Corvino to speak at Wayne state

DETROIT– John Corvino will once again present his “What’s Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?” lecture on Wednesday September 26 at 7 pm at Wayne State University in General Lectures 100 (northwest corner of Warren and Anthony Wayne). The event is free and open to the public.

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