Yeah, it’s HOT!
Campus Pride officially releases the 2012 HOT LIST! The list represents our “Top 25 LGBT Favorites” — lecturers, comedians, musicians. poets, artists, researchers, activists and more. Every year Campus Pride picks the most diverse, provocative, inspiring and enlightening artists/speakers as a resource for your LGBT student organization. The purpose is to provide a recommendation of the BEST OF THE BEST in planning your campus events and activities.
BURNING HOT: Learn more about each artist/speaker and don’t forget to mention the Campus Pride HOT LIST! The artists/speakers listed are not only our SIZZLING HOT PICKS but they also rate highly among recommendations from LGBT young adults at colleges and universities across the country. If you want to create change — PICK FROM OUR TOP 25 LGBT FAVORITES!
Anna Aagenes(Speaker/Lecturer, Sports)
During her time at the University of Pennsylvania, Anna Aagenes was a track star and openly LGBT student leader. In addition to serving as the captain of the track and field and cross country teams, she was chair of Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia and Heterosexism (PATH). Since graduating in 2010, she has continued to advocate on behalf of LGBT athletes as the Executive Director of Our Group Athletes, an outreach, support, educational, advocacy and leadership organization for LGBT student-athletes and allies. Our Group serves to connect LGBT student-athletes with other LGBT student-athletes and find supportive resources.
Kye Allums (Speaker/Lecturer, Sports)
Kye Allums made history when he became the first “out” transgender person to play NCAA Division 1 sports. In May 2012, he shared his story of playing on the George Washington University women’s basketball team with Sports Illustrated and became a media sensation. Since then, he has been featured in the “In The Life” documentary series and appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, in addition to being named to The Advocate’s 2011 “Forty Under 40,” TheGrio’s 100 History Makers in the Making for Black History Month, and OUT Magazine’s OUT 100 for 2011. He also established the Transition Tour to spread awareness and educate faculty, students, and student athletes about transgender identities and issues, including his own story.
Alison Bechdel (Speaker/Lecturer, Cartoonist/Author)
Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist known for her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For
and 2006 graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
. DTWOF ran from 1983 to 2008 and served as an early positive representation of lesbians in pop culture. The New York Times calls DTWOF “as important to new generations of lesbians as landmark novels like Rita Mae Brown’s “Rubyfruit Jungle” (1973) and Lisa Alther’s “Kinflicks” (1976) were to an earlier one.” Fun Home
is a best-selling memoir about Bechdel’s relationship with her father that won an Eisner Award, was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and was called the Best Book of 2006 by Time Magazine. Bechdel’s gender identity and sexual orientation are an important part of the message of her work.
S. Bear Bergman (Speaker/Lecturer, Author, Workshops)
S. Bear Bergman is an author, a theater artist, and a frequent lecturer regarding issues related to the points of intersection between gender, sexuality, and culture. A longtime activist on behalf of anyone who wants to learn and be different at the same time, Bear tours and lectures about topics close to his heart, pausing frequently to encourage and admire youth activists. As a Jew, Bear also speaks extensively about how hir religious and cultural lives have shaped one another and the intersection of identities, especially as it relates to being both Jewish and queer. Less recently, Bear was one of the original founders of the first Gay/Straight Alliances and a founding commission member of what is now called the Massachusetts Safe Schools Project. Today, he creates cultural competency and institutional policy around LGBTQ issues for corporations, universities, school systems, health organizations, and state and provincial governments.
Mandy Carter (Speaker/Lecturer, Activism)
Mandy Carter is a self-described “out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist.” Her activism began in the 1960s with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Poor People’s Campaign, the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, and the War Resisters League. In 1993, she helped co-found Southerners On New Ground (SONG), a multi-issue social justice organization seeking LGBTQ liberation across lines of race, class, abilities, gender, age, sexuality, etc. in the South. Her work continued in 2003 as she helped co-found the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s leading Black LGBT rights organization. In 2008 she was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement.
Staceyann Chin (Spoken Word, Activism)
Staceyann Chin is a spoken word poet, performance artist, and activist who has been featured in publications and television shows such as the New York Times
and The Oprah Winfrey Show
. She is openly lesbian and often speaks and writes about her experience growing up in Jamaica. In 2010 she published a memoir titled The Other Side of Paradise
that discusses race, sexuality, and her childhood. In addition, she co-wrote and performed in the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. She recently became a mother via in-vitro fertilization, and she wrote about her experience as a single, pregnant lesbian for the Huffington Post.
Eli Clare (Speaker/Lecturer, Activism)
White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare happily lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays titled Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
and a collection of poetry called The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion
, and he has also been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference. When he’s not writing or on the road, you can find him reading, hiking, camping, riding his recumbent trike, or otherwise having fun adventures.
Ben Cohen, MBE (Speaker/Lecturer, Sports)
Ben Cohen, MBE, is an England Rugby World Cup champion, and among the world’s greatest athletes. He ranks second in all-time scoring for England, and first among straight professional athletes to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of the LGBT community. In May 2011, Cohen founded the StandUp Foundation, Inc., the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying. The StandUp Foundation funds those doing real-world work to stop bullying, regardless of to whom it happens. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, the foundation gives particular attention to this community. Cohen and his foundation considers removing homophobia from sports as central to his personal mission.
Randi Driscoll (Musical Act)
Randi Driscoll is a singer and songwriter whose original music, voice and passionate stage performances have earned her many accolades including; Campus Activities Magazine’s, “Female Performer of the Year 2004″ and “Best Small Venue Performer 2004″. Randi is an independent artist who tours and performs year round at colleges, clubs, festivals, and benefit concerts. Randi says that her greatest personal accomplishment is her song, “What Matters”, written in response to the death of Matthew Shepard, a young man killed in a brutal hate crime. She has been touring North America for several years entertaining large and small audiences with her blend of powerful music and words, inspiring praise for her musical talents and her dedication to social justice.
Kelli Dunham (Comedian, LGBT Health Advocate)
Kelli Dunham is an award-winning stand up comic and author as well as a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse with more than a dozen years of experience in community health. She is also the author of four humorous non-fiction books whose writing has been syndicated nationally and is regularly featured in Curve Magazine. Kelli’s comedy has been seen at colleges, clubs, women’s festivals and pride celebrations nationwide, on Showtime Network and the Discovery Channel and once—just once—at a livestock auction. She has also presented on LGBT issues at the American Medical Publisher’s Association annual convention, St. Luke’s College School of Nursing, Conventionality Unlimited, Citibank, Harvard Women’s Hospital, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Won Institute School of Acupuncture. Her unique combination of health education and comedy is sure to bring out everyone, queer and straight.
F to eMbody (Spoken Word/Musical Act, Workshops)
F to eMbody – composed of trans artists Rocco Katastrophe and Harvey Katz (Athens Boys Choir) – brings trans art and visibility to college campuses through performance and customized workshops. The participatory workshops emphasize the individuality of each trans experience and the validity of self-identity, ranging form a trans 101 style discussion to a more advanced talk. The performance consists of a multi-media spoken word and hip-hop performances that entertain and educate. Both Athens Boys Choir and Katastrophe have both received honors from the Out Music Awards and have had music videos featured on LOGO’s Top Ten Click List.
Andrea Gibson (Spoken Word, Poetry)
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room.
Mara Keisling (Speaker/Lecturer)
Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman who also identifies as a parent and a Pennsylvanian. She is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. She has served on the board of Directors of Common Roads, an LGBTQ Youth Group, and on the steering committee of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition. Mara has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research. Mara works towards the goal of transgender equality through lobbying, public education, and building coalitions with other progressive organizations and causes.
Emi Koyama (Speaker/Lecturer, Activist)
Emi Koyama is a multi-issues social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. She is the founder and director of Intersex Initiative, a national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions based in Portland, Oregon. Her presentation topics include third wave feminisms, intersex activism, queer domestic violence issues, transfeminism, sex work activism, anti-racism, and domestic violence and social justice movement. Most of Emi’s presentations have been lectures at college campuses or in-service trainings for community organizations. Other formats include speakouts, spoken word performance, radio interviews, and panel discussion. Emi has also publicly debated old-skool feminists who are anti-trans, anti-prostitution, anti-porn, etc. and is open to doing more.
Kara Laricks (Speaker/Lecturer, Fashion Designer)
Former fourth-grade schoolteacher Kara Laricks always told her students to be true to themselves. Finally, she took her own advice and pursued a career in fashion, winning NBC’s first season of Fashion Star. She designs androgynous clothing for men and women, inspired by her love of menswear and an avant-garde Japanese design aesthetic. Best known for her hoodie scarves and collar-and-ties, Laricks puts a spin on what is deemed traditional women’s fashion. She considers her partner Melissa to be her biggest supporter because she encouraged her to make fashion her full-time job.
Joanna Lohman (Speaker/Lecturer, Sports)
Joanna Lohman is a professional soccer player for D.C. United in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite. During her college years at Penn State, she was a three-time All American and one-time Big Ten Player of the Year in addition to being named the 2004 Pennsylvania NCAA Woman of the Year. Her 29-game career with the US Women’s National Team included two years as captain for the U23 squad and seven caps for the full US National Team. She is not just a player but a leader for the game of soccer, having co-founded JoLi Academy, a training center for youth female soccer players in India, with her teammate and partner Lianne Sanderson. She has been featured in LGBT magazines and blogs such as GO Magazine, GPhilly, and AfterEllen, as well as LGBT organizations such as Our Group Athletes and GLSEN Sports Project.
Paul Marcarelli (Speaker/Lecturer, Actor/Writer/Producer)
Paul Marcarelli is most recognizable from his steady work over the past twelve years as an actor in commercials. Since 2002, he has appeared in hundreds of national spots for Verizon Wireless, portraying the ubiquitous “Test Man” character, earning him the dubious honor of being named the Most Intriguing Pitchman of 2002 Entertainment Weekly. His 2011 coming out garnered much publicity and was followed by the release of a film he wrote and produced called The Green, which explores the latent homophobia in one small Connecticut town. His screenplay for The Green was named a finalist in the 2009 NewFest NewDraft Screenwriting Competition.
Robyn Ochs (Speaker/Lecturer, Workshops)
Robyn Ochs is a professional speaker and workshop leader, award-winning activist, and the editor of the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.
Sue Rankin, Ph.D. (Speaker/Lecturer)
As an Associate Professor in Education Policy Studies and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Dr. Rankin has constructed an understanding of student affairs within the broader context of higher education. She has worked closely with students, staff, faculty, and administrators on dozens of college campuses to assess campus climate and to create strategic actions for equity and community. Examples of her work include consultations with public and private higher education institutions in Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Minnesota, and North Dakota; state agencies in Pennsylvania; and non-profit organizations across the United States.
Scott Turner Schofield (Performance Artist, Workshops)
Scott Turner Schofield is an award-winning writer, performer, and educator creating theater about gender and sexuality in the Deep South. He is also a man who was a woman, a lesbian turned straight guy who is often called a fag. Not surprisingly, his work centers on contradictions and comedy. Schofield has been touring two original solo performances “Underground Transit” and “Debutante Balls” to colleges, festivals, and theaters nationwide since 2001. These autobiographical monologues challenge fundamental gender assumptions with stories of searching, embarrassment, pride, and the joy of finding yourself on your own terms. His work has been lauded by press, academics, and artists alike for meeting queer and mainstream audiences with humor and compassion.
Jeff Sheng (Speaker/Lecturer, Photographer)
Jeff Sheng is an artist, photographer and sociologist based in Los Angeles, California. Jeff first became known for his photo series, “Fearless,” a project he began in 2003 about “out” LGBT athletes on high school and college sports teams. He frequently exhibits and speaks about this series, having done over fifty solo exhibitions and artist talks at high school and college campuses across the United States. His more recent photo series, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” featured closeted service member sin the United States military. His photography has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Time Magazine, and he has been profiled by NPR, BBC, and CNN, among others. He is currently working on his LGBT Teen Suicide Survivor Project.
Brian Sims (Speaker/Lecturer, Sports, Politics)
In 2000, Brian Sims was the captain of the Bloomsburg University football team in northeast Pennsylvania, and following the greatest season in the Division II school’s history he did the unthinkable: he came out of the closet!
In doing so, the regional All-American and team captain became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history and the most notable college player to ever come out. The former Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Brian Sims recently stepped down as both the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as Chairman of GALLOP. Brian was named to The Advocate’s 2012 “Forty Under 40,” and he will be sworn in as the first openly LGBT state legislator in Pennsylvania history in January 2013. Brian travels and speaks about his experiences in college level athletics for LGBT students and allies.
Justin Utley (Musical Act)
Justin Utley began his career as a Mormon-Contemporary singer/songwriter, having grown up in a very devout Mormon environment just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Now, as an out ex-Mormon and survivor of ex-gay therapy, Justin speaks candidly about his life and experiences through his inspiring storytelling and powerful, entertaining music. He is an outspoken personality against the Mormon church’s use of conversion therapy, a method Utley endured for two years after serving a two-year full-time mission for the church. In June 2010, Utley released Stand for Something, a single written to inspire and motivate to take action towards securing LGBT equality in America, ending youth homelessness, and increasing community awareness. The single was nominated by the LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts for 4 OutMusic Awards, including Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year, winning Best Country/Folk Song of the Year.
Zach Wahls (Speaker/Lecturer, Author, Activism)
Zach Wahls an activist, author, and son of a lesbian couple whose January 2011 testimony before the Iowa House of Representatives in favor of gay marriage garnered millions of views online. Since then, he has continued his activism and been named the Paul Mann Youth Activist Award and the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell
, and many other media outlets. His book My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
was released in April 2012. Zach is also an Eagle Scout who recently targeted the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gays and lesbians as scout leaders, creating a new initiative called Scouts for Equality.
Shane L. Windmeyer, MS. Ed. (Speaker/Lecturer, Social Justice)
Shane is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride, the leading national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.