Empire State Pride Agenda director Van Capelle to speak – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Empire State Pride Agenda director Van Capelle to speak

One of the youngest LGBT leaders in the nation will visit the HWS campus today.

Alan Van Capelle, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, will offer “The State of the LGBT Community: Alan Van Capelle’s perspective on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in New York,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in the library’s Sanford Room.

His appearance is part of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning’s “Civic Leadership Speaker’s Forum.”

Van Capelle became executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda and its Foundation in April 2003. At 31, he is one of the youngest LGBT leaders in the nation.

Under his leadership, the Pride Agenda has secured passage of a number of statewide measures including a law guaranteeing same-sex domestic partners the same access as spouses and next-of-kin in caring for loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes, and a law giving domestic partners the same priority as spouses in making decisions about burials. This year he led the Pride Agenda’s successful effort to have the NYS Assembly pass a marriage equality bill, a historic achievement for the nationwide movement to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

Van Capelle worked for nearly 10 years for the Service Employees International Union, and took one year off to manage the 2000 re-election campaign of U.S. Representative Gary Ackerman and then run the day-to day activities of Ackerman’s district office. Van Capelle received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Queens College of City University of New York in 1997.

For details about Empire State Pride Agenda, visit Pride Agenda; for details on the Civic Leadership Speakers Forum, call The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at ext. 3825 or visit Trinity 203.