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Spoken word and slam poetry icon Kit Yan weclomed as 2012 Camp Pride Summer Leadership Program Artist-in-Residence

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kityan.jpgCampus Pride is excited to welcome spoken word and slam poetry artist Kit Yan as our official artist-in-residence for the 2012 Camp Pride Summer Leadership Camp, the annual summer leadership development program for LGBT college and university students and faculty held this year July 17-22, 2012 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Kit, who was featured in the HBO documentary “Asians Aloud,”tells stories through slam poetry from the lens of a queer and transgender Asian American from Hawaii who travels all over the world on tour. Through touching love poems, coming out storie, and comedic tales of his childhood he provides transformational impact.

This spring, Kit embarks on a 20+ campus tour with Sister Spit. Read more about the tour and see the full schedule. Kit also appears in the video “I AM: Trans People Speak,” previewing a new project from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Watch the trailer here.

Kit’s work has been taught at universities all over the world from Singapore to San Francisco State to Harvard. Kit is on Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT college campus speakers and artists hot list and is dedicated to creating positive social change. He is a graduate of Babson College with a major in entrepreneurship studies.

In 2011, Kit was the headline talent at the Department of Justice’s first-ever LGBT Pride event and received boundless praise. In 2010, Kit appeared in a U.S. Census public service announcement focusing on same-sex couples and people of color, and was the voice of OUTmedia and Campus Pride’s “Be Queer, Buy Queer!” video campaign and contest for LGBTQQIA youth around the planet. Kit also spoke to over 200,000 from the stage of the 2009 National Equality March, performed on the 2009 San Francisco Pride main stage and earned a top three spot at the 2010 National Queer Slam.

Camp Pride, Campus Pride’s Summer Leadership Program, is a one-of-kind leadership experience that brings together over 60 LGBT and allied young people from across the country for five days of student leadership development, campus organizing techniques, conflict management, social justice advocacy, diversity education and more. The summer leadership program will be featured in the May 5, 2012, TV premiere of the documentary “Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation” on the national TV network Logo. Campus Pride is the nation’s leading non-profit organization for LGBT and allied college and university students.

Registration for the sixth annual Camp Pride, July 17-22, 2012, is now open. An early discounted rate of $815 is available through May 1. Scholarships for free registration are also available. The cost of registration includes educational curriculum, all program materials, accommodations for five nights and meals as well as entertainment and activities. A special “Advisor Bootcamp” track for LGBT and ally faculty advisors is also available. Students and advisors can register online or learn more about scholarship opportunities at www.campuspride.org/camppride/.

Kit’s appearance at Camp Pride is made possible in part by a sponsorship from OUTmedia, a leading queer cultural activist organization and social enterprise. OUTmedia’s mission is to increase the positive visibility of LGBTQQIA people and promote inclusive multiculturalism through the arts. OUTmedia has sponsored the Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp for the past six years and has supported for the fifth year Campus Pride’s National Voice & Action Leadership Award. Learn more at outmedia.org.