Geneva, NY — At a time when national awareness of discrimination against gays has peaked, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a rally aimed to increase understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Leslie Feinberg, activist, journalist, author, and public speaker, has been recruited to lead the rally at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus. The rally is free, and the community is invited to attend.
The rally is the main HWS event in recognition of Gay Pride Month, “Gaypril,” and is sponsored by the The HWS Pride Alliance.
Feinberg intends to discuss trans liberation and what it means to everyone, as well as to give those in attendance a working understanding of such concepts as transgender, transsexual, and intersexual. The program will also take an historical look at sex and gender, examine the relationship of groups who are oppressed and discriminated against to each other, and discuss where trans liberation fits in the overall political movement today.
Feinberg’s latest non-fiction book, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, was released by Beacon Press in September, 1998. Feinberg is a Buffalo native, who currently lives in New York City and works as a freelance writer and lecturer.
Pride Alliance member Gregg Snyder, a Hobart sophomore, is pleased with the support the rally has received from students, administrators, and faculty. “I hope the rally brings an awareness of issues that people tend to push to the back of discussions. And I hope bringing different groups together will help to deter discrimination that occurs against the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community,” Snyder says.