Author and diversity advocate speaks at Owens PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:13
Area residents are invited to hear the inspirational words of nationally-known author and diversity advocate Zach Wahls as he takes attendees on a personal journey into his life growing up with two same-sex parents during free lecture presentations titled "What Makes a Family" at Owens Community College's two campuses on Feb. 28.
The first lecture presentation will begin at 11 a.m. in the Education Center Room 111 on the Findlay campus. A second presentation by Wahls will occur at 2 p.m. in the college's Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre on the Perrysburg Township campus.
Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
In addition to sharing his own personal experience with having two same-sex parents, Wahls will explore the nature of family and what it means for the millennial generation.
On Jan. 31, 2011, Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public hearing regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa. The then 19-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed "the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character." Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral.

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