Judy Shepard to speak in Ann Arbor; Chris Armstrong to receive award

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    Apr 01, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    I have had the privilege of meeting Judy Shepard three times.

    But I have never heard her give a presentation. I hear it is direct and powerful. I am looking forward to hearing her this Saturday, April 2nd.

    I am writing to you because [the University of Michigan's LGBT group] Out For Business is presenting a Gala Dinner this Saturday to benefit the Jim Toy Community Center and the UM's Spectrum Office. It promises to be an exciting evening, starting with a champagne reception, a dinner catered by Katherine's Catering, and followed by a program that begin's with Ann Arbor's Riot Youth, an award to Chris Armstrong, and a presentation by Judy Shepard.

    We are just two days away. We are very close to our goal. Your presence could allow us to reach our goal.

    And just as important you will get to hear a very inspiring woman.

    You can sign up at http://www.jimtoycenter.org. The dinner is a very reasonable $85. (You are welcome to join us at an honorary chair level of $150, or host committee level of $500, as well).

    The Jim Toy Community Center has had a remarkable rebirth and reinvigoration. Please join us in this gala celebration.

    . - Keith [& Martin]
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    Apr 01, 2011 7:25 AM GMT
    Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safe for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression.

    On Saturday evening, April 2, activist Judy Shepard will keynote a fundraiser at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business to benefit Ann Arbor’s Jim Toy Community Center. Sponsored in cooperation with the Ross School’s LGBT student group, “Out for Business,” the evening will include a 6:00 pm banquet followed by Shepard’s address at 8:00 pm.

    In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew, a University of Wyoming student, to an anti-gay hate murder that stunned the nation. Determined to prevent her son’s fate from befalling others, she established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on his legacy.

    The 6:00 p.m. dinner and program will be held in the Ross School’s 6th floor Colloquium. Long-time LGBTA activist Jim Toy will be honored with the establishment of a life-time achievement award named for him.

    At 8:00 p.m., Judy Shepard will speak in the Ross School’s Blau Auditorium. High school group Riot Youth will perform a theater piece entitled “Gayrilla.” Chris Armstrong, University of Michigan Student Assembly President, will be recognized for his courageous behavior in the face of a personal harassment campaign by a former Assistant State Attorney General, which drew national attention.

    The main door to the Ross Business School is at 701 Tappan, between Hill and Monroe Streets in Ann Arbor. In addition to valet parking, the business school parking structure is around the corner on Hill Street. It is open without charge beginning at 5 p.m. that afternoon.

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    Apr 01, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    85 isn't exactly reasonable for someone who is 5 times below poverty such as I... but, I do support the 'cause!
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    Apr 01, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    Well, it is a fundraiser.

    The presentation doesn't require dinner (just a suggested $5 donation).
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    Apr 03, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    It was totally awesome.

    It was good to hear Jim Toy (the first out gay man in Michigan who founded the first university LGBT advocacy group) speak.

    Seeing Chris Armstrong being recognized was sweet, too.
    (Thankfully his infamous stalker was nowhere to be seen.)

    Judy Shepard is a truly amazing woman with great strength and a refreshing pragmatic approach.

    But for me, the "Riot Youth" Gayrilla theater stole the show.

    Then dessert with friends at the Aut Bar.