(April 7, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Chris Beckman is the featured speaker for Gay Pride Month festivities at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in Albright Auditorium.
Beckman was bucking for a promotion at a now defunct dot-com in Boston when his friends at his gym persuaded him to audition for MTV's “The Real World.” Beckman ended up as a cast member for the Chicago episodes that explored his life, from recovery from alcoholism and his gay lifestyle to a burgeoning relationship.
Since being featured on MTV, Beckman has been the recipient of the Congressman Gerry E. Studs Visibility Award for being a positive role model in the gay community. In addition to giving college lectures on his experiences he is studying to be an actor.
“I have a responsibility to talk about where my life was and where it is today,” Beckman says.
Gay Pride Month, also known as Gaypril, is sponsored by the HWS Pride Alliance. The events are free and open to the public. Some other events held at HWS in observance of Gaypril include:
• Wednesday, April 21–The campus will participate in the National Day of Silence to honor those who have been persecuted or killed because of their sexual status. Participants will dress in black and take a vow of silence for the day in order to protest the code of silence caused by harassment, discrimination and persecution. The observance will end at 7:30 p.m. with a dinner at 737 South Main St.
• Sunday, April 25–A contingent from HWS will participate in the March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C.
• 9 p.m. Friday, April 30–Chi Phi Fraternity will sponsor its annual drag show; location to be announced.