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Lecture: The Coming Out Story of A Genocide Survivor

Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Daniel Trust, entitled, "The Coming Out Story of A Genocide Survivor."

This lecture will present the personal coming out story of a Rwandan genocide survivor and how he managed to stand strong despite the rejection and hatred he received from his family when he first announced he was gay. According to a 2014 report published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Human Rights First, 37 African nations criminalize same-sex relationships and 4 African nations allow for the death penalty against LGBT people. As an African, who immigrated to the United States as a refugee, Daniel will take participants that attend this lecture on an inspiring journey that details the struggles he experienced growing up as an orphan / gay male on a continent where millions of LGBT people face harassment, discrimination, prosecution, and violence on a daily basis.

Daniel Trust is a nationally recognized youth motivational speaker and founder of the Daniel Trust Foundation, a Connecticut based non-profit organization that helps students from low-income communities with their educational and career needs, and honors educators, who go above and beyond to help these students succeed in school and in their personal lives. Daniel’s story and philanthropic efforts have been featured in both local and national publications including the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register and Connecticut Post. He’s also appeared on daytime talk shows like Better Connecticut, Connecticut Style and Our Lives. In 2014, Connecticut Magazine listed him to its 40 Under 40 List. Daniel is a father of two adopted sons and lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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