PRIDE!Kent board reaches out to membership for ideas

Tim Magaw

The PRIDE!Kent executive board laughs while doing an ice breaker at their meeting last night. Pictured is community service chair Jae Lerer, treasurer Ally Oulton, president Amanda Boyd, programming director Kat Rybski, vice president Shawn Szymecki, alli

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Because of the “ridiculous” attendance at PRIDE!Kent’s Coming Out Week activities, PRIDE!Kent President Amanda Boyd asked the group’s members what programs they would like to see during PRIDE! Week next semester.

“I don’t want to waste the university’s money on things people aren’t going to come to,” Boyd told a group of about 25 students and community members.

PRIDE!Kent allies chair Michelle Lang suggested bringing Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot, a bisexual couple who tours and gives educational talks with a twist of humor. Lang said Miller and Solot have come to Kent State before, and they are currently touring with the program “The Female Orgasm.”

“They’re an amazing couple,” she said. “They’re amazing speakers, and we’re looking to bring them.”

Some of the other groups the board suggested bringing were the Portage County AIDS Task Force and TransFamily Cleveland.

April Templeman and Josh Sebrasky, both Queer Liberation Front co-chairs, stopped by the meeting to suggest a QLF versus PRIDE!Kent charity football game to benefit Violet’s Cupboard, an organization that supports those affected by AIDS.

“There’s like 30 people already who are like, ‘Hell yeah, I’ll be there,'” Templeman said.

Sebrasky also told PRIDE!Kent members about the candlelight transgender remembrance vigil at 7 p.m. Monday in Risman Plaza.

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