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Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp in full Swing for this July
Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp in full Swing for this July
Full schedule of national speakers & artists announced for "Gay Camp"

CHARLOTTE, NC - Campus Pride announced today the schedule and highlights of national speakers and artists to be featured at the summer leadership camp, affectionately known as "Gay Camp." The camp is the first-ever for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and ally college students from colleges and universities across the country. The camp will take place from July 24 to 29, 2007 and will be hosted by the Queer Student Union on the campus of Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

Keynote highlights include Neil G. Giuliano, Executive Director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); Sabrina Sojourner, the First Open Lesbian Elected to the United States Congress, Kevin Naff, the Editor of the Washington Blade and Vernon Wall, National Activist, Social Justice Educator & Author. Artists and entertainers are booked for each night of camp and will feature riotously outrageous international sensation Vidur Kapur, the sketch comedy troupe GayCo, national slam master and author Emanuel Xavier and acclaimed singer/songwriter Randi Driscoll among others.

"Well, this is definitely a camp like no other. I wish it was around when I was in college. The whole experience is packed full of educational workshops, keynotes, entertainers and tons of fun," said Jessica Pettitt, a national LGBT consultant/trainer and one of the camp faculty members.

For over six months, Campus Pride has coordinated a dozen LGBT educators and activists to plan the camp. These individuals will also serve as the camp faculty who will deliver the five day curriculum of skill building in leadership development, social justice and civic involvement. In addition, other camp highlights include a GLAAD campus media training, a Soulforce direct action and civil disobedience workshop and a program by the Human Rights Campaign in campaign training and political organizing.

Other camp sponsors and endorsers include the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians & Gays, Equality Maryland, Tyvola Design, National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education, Out for Work, The Point Foundation, Triangle Foundation, Frameline, Harris Productions, OUTmedia and OutRight Speakers & Talent.

Registration is $630 which includes five nights of Towson University suite-style lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day as well as all educational program materials and entertainment. Scholarships are available to help interested campers who are unable to pay the full camp registration fee. Interested businesses and organizations are also encouraged to support camp with a variety of sponsor levels. Online registration and more information are available at www.campuspride.org or by emailing info@campuspride.org.

Campus Pride is the only national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to give "voice and action" in building future LGBT and ally leaders.

A Campus Pride press release

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