Thursday, October 04, 2007
IYG Celebrates 20 Years Of Service
Indiana Youth Group had a successful fundraising event tonight at the Indiana Historical Society, which marked twenty years of service to Indiana's GLBT youth. Special guest speaker Keith Boykin delivered a very inspiring and moving speech before the crowd of several hundred. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Boykin, he worked as an assistant to President Bill Clinton, earning him the distinction of being the highest ranking, openly gay member of the Clinton administration, Donna Shalala and Janet Reno notwithstanding. He's a New York Times best-selling author and host of BET's My Two Cents.
Boykin shared his own experience coming out as young, African-American gay man at Harvard Law School. His book, One More River To Cross: Black & Gay in America, has earned him a lot of attention. He shared a humorous account of a book signing event he attended in St. Louis, where his grandmother showed up with several members of her conservative, non-gay-affirming church. The invitations distributed at her church referred to his book title as "Black & Gray in America", apparently not wanting to offend anyone.