A leading commentator on race, sexuality and politics will speak as a guest of the HWS Pride Alliance student organization
GENEVA, N.Y.— Once the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House, Keith Boykin helped organize, and participated in, the nation’s first meeting between gay leaders and a United States President.
The former White House aide is also a New York Times bestselling author, reality television star, lawyer, educator and activist. He will speak on his experiences as a gay African-American at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus as a guest of the HWS Pride Alliance student organization.
Boykin has appeared on VH1, BET, CNN, Fox News, NPR and other programs. He was selected as one of Out magazine’s 100 most intriguing people. His first book, “One More River to Cross,” was a bestseller, and he has since written for numerous newspapers and magazines. His most recent book, “Beyond The Down Low,” was released in February and made the New York Times bestseller list.
After graduating from Dartmouth College, Boykin worked for the Dukakis presidential campaign and then entered Harvard Law School, where he was a leader in the campus diversity movement and general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. When he received his J.D. from Harvard, Boykin joined the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign in Arkansas. Afterwards, he became a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Specialty Media. While working in the White House, he drafted Clinton’s statements on anti-gay ballot initiatives and on the 1993 gay march on Washington.
In 1997, President Clinton appointed Boykin to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe, along with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater. He now serves as president of the board of the National Black Justice Coalition.
The talk is free and the public is welcome to attend.