The University of Utah’s Ally Week will focus on bullying and its impact on students and society. The week of events will be held April 16-20 and will include a keynote address from queer-rights activist Jaime Nabozny. There will also be two screenings of a film about Nabozny called Bullied.
Nabozny’s life changed drastically when he was targeted in middle school for being gay. His years of harassment ended with a beating that put him in a hospital and required abdominal surgery. After realizing that many other young people endured similar fates he decided to fight back. With the help of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Jamie won a landmark lawsuit in federal court that establishes that all young people including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender deserve a safe educational experience.
The Southern Poverty Law Center produced a documentary titled Bullied that chronicles his life. Jamie now speaks out for the millions of kids bullied in schools every day. He travels the country and shares his story so that no child has to endure what he endured. Jamie was recently named a Defender of Human Rights by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
For more information, go to lgbt.utah.edu.
Monday, April 16
College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom
Documentary and discussion with student group Outlaws
Salt Lake City Library
Documentary and community panel
Tuesday, April 17
Open Safe Zone Training
Willard Browning Building 617
Wednesday, April 18
Student Union Building, Saltair Room
Film and keynote address from Jamie Nabozny
Hinckley Caucus Room OSH 225
Hinckley forum panel discussion with Jamie Nabozny
Thursday, April 19
Student Union Den
Friday, April 20
Day of Silence Rally
Student Union Patio
Silence is a Drag Show
Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave.