Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son Author Kevin Jennings to Kick-Off School Year with Discussion on and Bullying and Harassment

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Press Release

Sep 9, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Esther Rege

202-210-8469

esther@parkandassociates.com

Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son Author Kevin Jennings to Kick-Off School Year with Discussion on and Bullying and Harassment

Catlin Gabel School and GLSEN Oregon to Host Executive Director and Founder of Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network

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Press Release

Sep 9, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Esther Rege

202-210-8469

esther@parkandassociates.com

Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son Author Kevin Jennings to Kick-Off School Year with Discussion on and Bullying and Harassment

Catlin Gabel School and GLSEN Oregon to Host Executive Director and Founder of Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Who:

Kevin Jennings, Author

Founder and Executive Director, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

What:

Kevin Jennings will speak on his latest book, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son a memoir that chronicles his life and the path that led him to found GLSEN. Jennings writes about how he finds solace in his studies while constantly bullied throughout school for being poor and being called a “sissy.” Eventually, he escapes poverty and lands a Harvard scholarship where he learns it is okay to be openly gay. After graduating from Harvard and returning to high school as a teacher, Jennings was forced back into the closet. Hear about how and where he gains his strength, and the positive changes he is able to bring about by creating the first gay-straight alliance and creating a national organization dedicated to making school safe for all students.

When:

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

3:30 p.m.

Where:

Catlin Gabel School

Miller Library (Gerlinger Auditorium-lower level)

8825 SW Barnes Road

Portland, OR 97225

(for a campus map, visit www.catlin.edu/about/map)

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About GLSEN

GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more information on GLSEN’s educator resources, public policy agenda, student organizing programs, research, public education or development initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.