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Media Advisory: Presentation on choices for LGBT students

April 22, 2008

Contact: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, 217/206-8307, mthom1@uis.edu

What: Theatre historian and author Dr. Robert Schanke will speak on "Passing and Covering: Good Choices for LGBT Students?" A question-and-answer/discussion session will follow.

When & Where: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield

Details: According to Schanke, the issues of passing and covering are "very, very pertinent" and are often cited in such cases as the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King, who was shot and killed by a fellow student at their junior high school last February, reportedly because he was openly gay and sometimes dressed in a "feminine" manner.

Schanke is professor emeritus of Theatre at Central College, Pella, Iowa. His many books include "That Furious Lesbian": The Story of Mercedes de Acosta and The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy.

Dr. Schanke's website is www.robertschanke.com.

For more information about his appearance at UIS, contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor of Theatre, at 206-8307.



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