Award-winning gay author returns to Chicago

Mon. April 19, 2010 12:00 AM by News Staff

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Chicago, IL - Famed writer and Civil Rights activist, Terry Angel Mason, will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-Nominated novel, "Love Won't Let Me Be Silent" on April 28, 2010.

The public is invited to this event, taking place at the offices of the University of Chicago's Office of LGBTQ Life and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs located at 5710 S. Woodlawn in Chicago.

"The Office is excited about this opportunity to bring Angel to campus to discuss intersecting identities within the LGBT community," said Jeffrey Howard, Director of the Office of LGBTQ Student Life.

The presentation is a collaborative effort of Affinity Community Services, Teen Living Programs (TLP), UCAN, and the University of Chicago's Office of LGBTQ Life and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

A discussion of "Love Won't Let Me Be Silent" which is a collection of writings, short stories, and poems that has been credited with opening a dialogue about sexuality and same-gender-loving relationships within the African American community, was hosted by Affinity's Youth Leadership Institute last fall.

"[Mason's] discussion helped launch some of Affinity's ongoing efforts to develop work to bridge LGBTQ and faith communities," said Kim Hunt, executive director of Affinity Community Services.

Affinity, TLP, and UCAN are 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations. Affinity has a core constituency of African American lesbians, bisexual and transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color and is a social justice organization that focuses on health advocacy, leadership development, and community building. TLP delivers comprehensive, long-term solutions to youth without homes who strive for self-sufficiency and community connection. UCAN's mission is to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment.

The Office of LGBTQ Student Life provides programs, services and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students in the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools at The University of Chicago.