Petition to get LBGT Leader, Brian Sims, to speak at ODU. sign now

I've seen plenty of different groups introduce prominemt speakers on campus, but I have yet to see a really well-known speaker that represents the LGBT community. So I did a bit of research and found someone who personifies what an LGBT Advocate should be. His name is Brian Sims and he sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, but that's not his main claim to fame. While a student athlete at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, he did the unthinkable! He came out to his entire team. Much to Brian's surprise his team accepted him and he led them to a Division II National Championship Game. This personal disclosure made him the first NCAA Football player to ever come out of the closet while still on the team. I believe he would really be a great speaker on campus because he can relate to several different groups on campus: the athletes, coaches, as well as the general population at ODU. Not to mention the fact that this guy is really young, he's only 32. So his story is pretty recent! I talked to him via facebook today and this was his response to my proposal:

"Anthony, I'd love to come speak at Old Dominion. Generally, because I don't advertise, the way that most colleges find out about me is that a student or alum contacts the LGBT Center, Student Services, or the Campus life office and sends them some info on me or my website."

He also sent me a link to his website on which you can read a lot more about him. http://www.brianksims.com/lgbt_athletes

Thanks for your time and if you have an questions feel free to contact me via e-mail.

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Office of Intercultural Relations (ODU), President's Office (ODU)

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