Hot List

2010 Hot List

Yeah, it’s HOT!

Campus Pride officially releases the 2010 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.

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!

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A.J. Shanti (Musician)

A.J. Shanti recently kicked her musical career into high gear, having just completed her first European tour, and is continuing to plan her tour of the United States, set to begin this spring. She’s promoting her debut album “Baby Beau Blue”, a lyrically and instrumentally packed album containing themes of queer struggle and liberation, heartache, love, fun, and sex. Her live performances are raw and emotionally charged. A.J. grew up on Long Island, New York and spend a good part of her adult life in San Francisco where she finished college and embarked upon several professional endeavors (queer youth counselor, truck driver, etc.) until last year, when she decided to dive head first into her music. She has been enjoying all of the excitement, exhaustion, and liberation that proceeds the pursuit of one’s dreams.

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Kimberly Dark (Performer/Spoken Word)

Kimberly Dark is a writer, mother, performer and professor. She is the author of five award-winning solo performance scripts and her poetry and prose appear in a number of publications. For more than ten years, Kimberly has inspired audiences in fancy theatres, esteemed universities and fabulous festivals She tours widely in North America and Europe anywhere an audience loves a well-told story. The Evening Echo in Cork Ireland says “the balance between objectivity and intimate analysis certainly gives Dark an edge and has made her a force to be reckoned with on every level.”

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Katastrophe (Musician)

Katastrophe (aka Rocco Kayiatos) is a San Francisco based rapper and producer. He’s a seasoned vet on the mic and got his start competing in poetry slams in 1997. Combining his love of music and language, he started rapping and making beats in 2002. He uses his poetic grasp of language to weave dense tales of lives lived outside the mainstreams of education, class, and culture. He makes hip-hop that explodes with dangerous and ebullient passion. Crafting both dark anthems of anxiety and righteous rage, and sexy, flirtatious, booty-shaking pop/rap bangers. Katastrophe is a wonder – both authentic and audacious, emitting enough raw energy to electrify Las Vegas and enough earnest analysis to save you years of therapy. He was crowned Producer of the Year by Out Music Awards for his debute album Let’s Fuck, Then Talk About My Problems. His video for the song “The Life” was on MTV networks LOGO top ten click list for 12 weeks. His music has helped soundtrack The Showtime Network’s The L Word, as well as several short films. Kayiatos is the subject of a forthcoming biopic called The State of Katastrophe.

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Cameron Mack (Speaker/Lecturer)

Through his middle and early high school years Cameron began experiencing symptoms of depression. He dropped out of high school, experienced a series of 10 hospitalizations, and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After years in the system of care, he was placed with a loving foster family. With the support of his foster family, parents and friends Cameron worked hard at getting well and finishing high school. As a high school student in Burlington, Vermont, Cameron became interested in advocacy while speaking on panels about his experience as a queer transgender youth. In college, he joined Active Minds and became involved with mental health activism. Today, Cameron works as an EMT and with children and attends the University of Vermont. With tremendous energy and a fun and quirky style, Cameron’s presentation beautifully illustrates the growth that comes from struggle and how one can live well with a mental illness.

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The Kinsey Sicks (Comedy/Musical Act)

With a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, six CDs, and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe, the Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For over 15 years America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.

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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.

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Vidur Kapur (Comedy)

Vidur Kapur was selected as a New York finalist by NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity” initiative and performed as part of the famous New York Comedy Festival where he was described as “A comedian to remember”. After an phenomenally successful showcase at the NACA National convention, Vidur’s act is being demanded by colleges all over the US and he is likely to be one of the top 3 acts booked on US college campuses for ’08 -’09.

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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.

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Athens Boys Choir (Peformance Artist)

Ok, so the name Athens Boys Choir can be a bit deceiving but you can’t blame a Transsexual man living in the Deep South for having a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. So Katz, the Choir’s now solo member, travels the country speaking “the good word” throwing down hard hitting spokenword that deals with issues of Gender, Politics, Love, Sex, and everything in-between. Katz’s spoken-word is raw, unapologetic, witty, and soulful. As Out Magazine wrote in 2006, “Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap…and instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms.” He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Bitch, The Butchies, Danielle Howle, and Michelle Malone. He has also opened for poets of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam on more than one occasion.

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Kit Yan (Spoken Word/Performance Artist)

Recently Featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud, Kit Yan tell stories through slam poetry from the lens of a transgender Asian American from Hawaii now lost in the big city of New York. Through touching love poems, dirty sex accounts, and comedic tales of his childhood –Kit takes you on a journey that is raw, real, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable. Kit Yan’s spoken word tackles race and gender with candor, eloquence,and humor. Hailed by the press as“a slam force to be reckoned with”, Yan’s resolute delivery packs a mighty punch, leaving his audience completely transfixed. Wittily crafted and genuinely passionate, his pieces are rare treasures amongst a new generation of slam poets.

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Mia Mingus (Cultural Identity Speaker/Artist)

Mia Mingus is a a queer disabled woman of color, South Korean transracial adoptee, organizer and one of the Co-Executive Directors of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now (formerly Georgians for Choice) in Atlanta, Georgia. For Mia, reproductive justice is crucial in the struggle for social change and the fight to end oppression. Through her work on disability, race, reproductive justice, gender, sexuality, and transracial adoption, she recognizes the urgency and barriers for oppressed communities to work together and build alliances for liberation. Though her activism changes and evolves, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence. Further, Mia has been recognized for her work with the 2008 Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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Judy Shepard (Speaker/Lecturer)

As Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Judy oversees the overall management and strategic direction of the organization, while traveling across the nation speaking to audiences nationwide about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy focuses her efforts on the prevention of hate crimes and respect for everyone. Under Judy’s leadership, the Foundation has become a well-established, highly effective and much respected institution in the civil rights community. She has spoken to over one million young people about the impact of hate speech and violence, the importance of understanding and appreciating diversity in all of its forms and has inspired countless individuals and communities to play a role in making the world a safer place for all of us.

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Sherry Vine (Performance Artist)

Sherry Vine was born in The Amish country. On her 16th birthday she discovered she was adopted and actually Jewish. Running away from home and she became a “show girl” in Las Vegas before relocating to NYC where she has established herself as one of the leading ladies performing her all live singing and comedy show internationally on stage, TV and film. Miss Vine lived in Berlin from 2001 till 2005 and is now happy to be back home in Manhattan. Sherry was voted Entertainer of the Year by her peers and honored with the first Glammy Award HX Drag Queen of the Year, 2007.

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LZ Granderson (Speaker/Lecturer)

LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and, as well as a regular contributor for ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Mr. Granderson was a Columbia University Hechinger Institute Fellow, a 2009 GLAAD Award winner for online journalism and won first place in the opinion writing category for the 2008 Excellence in Journalism awards given by the National Lesbian Gay Journalist Association. He recently ignited an intense national community debate with his op ed piece, “Gay is not the new black” on

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Ben Lerman (Comedian/Musician)

If the Flight of the Conchords and Stephen Lynch had a gay lovechild, it would be NYC’s ukulele comedian Ben Lerman. Lerman is a rising star of the New York Comedy scene, playing at all the top New York Comedy clubs and theaters like Caroline’s, Gotham, Comix, and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Ben tours internationally playing theaters and festivals. His career has been propelled by appearances on Logo TV, Here TV, and Sirius Satellite Radio, where he is recurring guest on the Frank DeCaro Show. Ben has become a regular guest on “Keith & the Girl,” the most popular independent podcast in the world with more than a million downloads per month. In 2010, podcast fans voted him “Best New Guest” from among a pool of other amazing comedians like Marc Maron and Ted Alexandro.

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Brian Sims (Speaker/Lecuturer/Athletics)

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. Sims is currently the Staff Counsel for Policy & Planning at The Philadelphia Bar Association. He works with the Chancellor, Executive Director & Board of Governors to pursue and implement the legislative and policy agenda of the Association.In addition to his practice, Sims serves as the President of the Board of Directors of EqualityPA and as the Chairman of GALLOP (Gay & Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia). In 2009 he was selected as a State Political Leaders Fellow by the Center for Progressive Leadership and joined the National Campaign Board of The Victory Fund. He also travels and speaks about his experiences in college level athletics for LGBT students and allies.

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Shane L. Windmeyer (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 only 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.

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Robyn Ochs (Speaker/Lecturer)

Robyn Ochs is a professional speakerr and workshop leader, award-winning activist, and the editor of the Bisexual Resource Guide and the new 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (2nd edition). Her writings have been published in numerous bisexual, women’s studies, multicultural, and GLBT anthologies.Robyn has taught courses on GLBT history & politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation, and the experiences of those who transgress the binary categories of gay, straight, masculine, feminine, black, white and, or male, female.

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Mara Keissling (Speaker/Lecturer)

Mara Keissling is the founding Executive Director of NCTE. 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.

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Dan Savage (Speaker/Lecturer)

Dan Savage has been writing “Savage Love,” an internationally syndicated sex advice column, for more than ten years. The column originates in The Stranger and runs in The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The San Francisco Weekly, and in papers in Los Angeles, Toronto, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, and more than fifty other cities in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Canada. In addition to the column, Dan is the editor of the groundbreaking Seattle alt-weekly, The Stranger. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Travel and Leisure, Rolling Stone, and on the New York Times Op-Ed pages. Dan has been featured on CNN, “Politically Incorrect,” ABC News, The FOX News Channel, and on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” He is a regular contributor to NPR’s “This American Life.” Recently, in response to a rash of bullying related suicides of gay youth, he created the “it Gets Better Project,” to provide a forum that allows those struggling with their sexuality to see that LGBT people can and do live successful and happy lives.

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Julie Goldman (Comedian)

Julie is currently a cast member of LOGO’s BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW and winner of the 2008 NEWNOWNEXT – Brink of Fame Comic Award, and the 2007 MAC Awar for Best Headlining Comedian in NYC. Julie glides effortlessly between lesbian folk singer “Pepper Stein Whalesong” to the beloved Liza Minelli in the now infamous “Super Liza” Series. Julie has been garnering massive attention around the country performing stand up in clubs, and colleges and headlining various shows and working beside Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and Jeff Garlin. She has performed at Montreal’s prestigious, “Just for Laughs’ comedy festival, and on Broadway in “Laughing Liberally” and emceeing “Puppetry of the Penis”. She is favorite on Olivia cruises and R’ Family Vacations and has appeared doing stand up on LOGO, VH-1, and COMEDY CENTRAL. Currently Julie is working With AMANDA BEARSE (Married With Children) and BRANDY HOWARD (Automatic) on their new Lesbian Romantic Comedy, “NICEST THING”.

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Rob Smith (Speaker/Lecturer/DADT)

Rob Smith joined the United States Army at the age of 17. He served for nearly 5 years as a Tank Driver and Infantry Rifleman and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq before being honorably discharged, eventually earning the Army Commendation Medal, Expert Marksmanship Award, and the Combat Infantryman Badge among others. After discovering his sexual orientation while serving, Smith chose not to re-enlist due to the added pressure of living under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy which bars gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.
He has launched a campaign called Ask and Tell. Ask and Tell is intended to be a step towards filling the coverage gap, specifically as it pertains to the black community, who are rarely represented in military coverage and woefully underrepresented in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell conversation. In Ask and Tell, Rob Smith talks candidly about joining the Army at 17, discovering his sexual orientation, deploying to Kuwait and Iraq, and negotiating his identity as a Black, gay man under the backdrop of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell rule.

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Emanuel Xavier (Spoken Word/Activism)

Emanuel Xavier is an American poet, spokenword artist, author, editor, literary events curator, activist, actor, and house music recording artist born and raised in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. He transitioned himself from being a street hustler and a drug dealer to become one of the most significant, daring, and unlikely voices to emerge from the neo-Nuyorican spoken word movement using political, sexual and religious themes throughout his work. Regarding his seedy past, in an interview with CNN he stated, “I became all those things society expected me to become. I thought that was the only thing I could be.” He has conducted spoken word poetry workshops and produced benefits and events for youth organizations throughout the country. His new poetry collection, If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, was published Spring 2010 by Rebel Satori Press.

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Kathy Griffin (Comedian/Activism)

Kathy Griffin is the star of the Bravo reality show KathyGriffin: My Life on the D-List, for which she has won two Emmy Awards as executive producer. Griffin is an outspoken supporter for LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage. She has protested with fellow proponents in West Hollywood, California and showcased the footage of said protesting on her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Her mother Maggie Griffin is also a supporter of LGBT rights and is seen in Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List protesting alongside her daughter. Prior to the Proposition 8 ballot results, Griffin volunteered for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s “Vote for Equality” campaign, going door-to-door asking Los Angeles residents for their opinion of LGBT marriage rights. She also has been a long-time supporter of the Aid for AIDS annual fundraiser, Best in Drag Show in Los Angeles, and hosted the opening of the show for more than five years.In November 2009, Aid For AIDS presented Kathy Griffin with an AFA Angel Award at their silver anniversary celebration.

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Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington (Speaker/Lecturer)

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm based in Baltimore, MD. He is also a senior consultant with The Equity Consulting Group of California, and Elsie Y. Cross and Associates out of Philadelphia. Dr. Washington has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for over 20 years. He most recently served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He has been an instructor in Sociology, American Studies and Education, and an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at UMBC. He has over 30 years of experience in music ministry, is an ordained minister and currently serves as an Associate Minister at Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore. Rev. Dr. Washington sees himself as an instrument of change. He works everyday to help people find the best in themselves and others.

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