HONORING THE POWER OF LGBTQ+ STORIES
Did you know that Boston founded the Gay Speakers Bureau just a couple years following the Stonewall Rebellion, to give our community a voice and through that voice, help open minds? For the past 50 years SpeakOUT Boston speakers have continued that tradition. This year’s milestone anniversary will be celebrated by recognizing the work that Warren Blumenfeld and Michael Bobbitt have done to help amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities.
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ABOUT THIS YEARS HONOREES
Warren Blumenfeld has had a long career as a social justice activist and academic and currently teaches at UMass Amherst. He and another speaker, Diane Raymond, co-wrote the first gay and lesbian textbook used at the college level, Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life. His books include Homophobia: How We all Pay the Price and The What, the So What and the Now What of Social Justice Education.
Michael Bobbitt is the Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) and is on the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts. His earlier years in the arts were as a playwright, director, and choreographer with productions at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center and many other stages. Michael has been at the forefront of challenging the arts administration field to build anti-racist practices and policies and to create more inclusive arts organizations.