U.Va.'s Julian Bond to Highlight “Virginia Is for Lovers?” Event

Oct. 26, 2006 -- Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP and history professor at the University of Virginia, will be the featured speaker at “Virginia Is For Lovers? A Look at Civil Rights in Virginia and the Upcoming Marshall-Newman Amendment” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom at U.Va.

The event, free and open to the public, is the first to be co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and the Office of African-American Affairs. Also supporting the event are the Office of Student Life and the Library Multicultural Issues Committee.

The program will also include short remarks by Maurice Apprey, interim dean of the Office of African-American Affairs; Tamara Dottin, president of the Black Student Alliance; and Blake Wilding, president of the Queer Student Union. Singer-songwriter Greg Greenway will perform at the end of the evening.

Bond has been outspoken in his opposition to marriage amendments that prohibit same-sex marriage, stressing that gay rights are civil rights. “The right not to be discriminated against is a common-place claim we all expect to enjoy under our laws and our founding document, the Constitution,” he wrote in a recent editorial.

Joy Pugh, coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center, said the event provides an opportunity for people in different communities to come together and show support for civil rights.

According to the proposed amendment being put to voters on Nov. 7, "only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions." In addition, it prohibits the legal recognition of any other union approximating marriage, whether between same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

For more information, contact Joy Pugh, coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center, at joypugh@virginia.edu or Dion Lewis, assistant dean of the Office of African-American Affairs, at dwl2b@virginia.edu.