RIT Gay Alliance Hosts Advocacy and Training Conference, March 28




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Author Christian de la Huerta will speak about sexuality and religion at the Upstate New York Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Questioning and Ally (GLBTQA) advocacy and training conference on Sunday, March 28, on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.

The conference, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room A205 of the College of Liberal Arts, is hosted by the RIT Gay Alliance. Workshops and advocacy training, as well as sessions on diversity, leadership and relationships will be held throughout the day.

At 4 p.m., de la Huerta will speak about coming out spiritually, a program on the relationship between homosexuality and spirituality.

De la Huerta is the author of Coming out Spiritually, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 10 religious books of 1999. Now in its fourth printing, the book has provided gay and lesbian people hope for a thoughtful synthesis of their queer and spiritual selves.

In his campus program, de la Huerta shares an understanding of the teachings of many of the world’s religions—Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, and Taoism—and their attitudes toward homosexuality. Offering a fresh outlook on gay spirituality and how to assert it, de la Huerta gives gay and straight audiences new foundations from which to build a spiritual life.

The conference is open to the public, free for students and $10 for everyone else. Lunch is included. It is sponsored by the Center for Religious Life, RIT Women’s Center, RIT Gay Alliance, Student Government, Center for Residence Life and Center for Student and Transition and Support. For more information and to register, contact the RIT Women’s Center at 475-7464 or ritwom@rit.edu.