Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

National Coming Out Day

Posted: October 8, 2012

The Student Life Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, College of Arts & Sciences Politics, Society & Law Scholars, and the Office of Student Life's Department of Recreational Sports  are pleased to welcome LZ Granderson to campus on October 11 at 7 pm for the National Coming Out Day Keynote Conversation. The talk will take place in the US Bank Conference Theater of the Ohio Union.

Granderson pens a weekly column for CNN Opinion focusing on how social and cultural issues affect the way life is lived in America today.  LZ Granderson has also been named Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In addition to his weekly column for CNN.com, he appears weekly on CNN Newsroom, has a cnn video blog and podcast and appears frequently on "CNN Newsroom", "American Morning" with Ali Velshi, "Newsroom" with Don Lemon, "Anderson Cooper 360", and on HLN. He has also appeared on ABC's "GMA" and is also a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN's "Sports Center," "Outside the Lines" and "First Take."

Perhaps one of the most visible sports journalists in the nation, LZ Granderson is African-American, openly-gay, Christian, and one of ESPN's most popular columnists.  The one time Detroit gang member is now a sought-after commentator on pivotal topics such as race, gender and politics, in addition to sports.  Mr. Granderson knows deeply the demands of being out from the initial interview, to making his corporate mark at a media giant on the front edge of change, but dominated by a jock culture and hyper masculinity.  In his commentary Mr. Granderson has tackled taboo subjects such as usage of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies about reverse racism. Blistering honest and insightful, Mr. Granderson spares no one. Not even himself.  Join us for an unflinching dialogue about coming out as a gay person of color in the world, at work, to one's family and loved ones, and the interconnectedness of all those acts and why they're important to each of us.

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