Norfolk, VA – ODU Out, the LGBTQ student alliance at Old Dominion University, will host the second annual Pride Fest on Saturday, Oct. 26. This celebration of diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff acknowledges the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community on campus and throughout the greater Hampton Roads region.“ODU Pride Fest is a chance to show there is an LGBTQ community on campus and that we are working toward a better future for the next generation,” said Mikey Fenn, president of ODU Out, the university’s primary LGBTQ student alliance.The event will be held on the Runte Quad, located in front of the ODU Student Recreation Center, at 11 a.m. and will feature tables from numerous ODU offices and organizations that, in one way or another, support diversity and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals.Donations can be made at the festival to support numerous LGBTQ nonprofits, including Access AIDS, The Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project and Equality Virginia, which work to raise awareness of the fight for equal LGBTQ rights on the local, state and national level.Hampton Roads Business Outreach (HRBOR) and Hampton Roads’ Queer Chamber of Commerce have partnered with ODU Pride Fest this year to bring local LGBTQ-supportive businesses to ODU in order to offer internship and potential job opportunities to students who want to work in environments that are inclusive and accepting.ODU Pride Fest will welcome national LGBTQ ally and recording artist Randi Driscol as the event’s featured entertainer. She will perform at 1 p.m. Driscol has appeared for numerous benefits and organizations throughout the country that are dedicated to the LGBTQ cause, including The Matthew Shepard Foundation and The Human Rights Campaign. Her song “What Matters” has raised more than $45,000 for The Matthew Shepard Foundation, and was recognized in Advocate Magazine as one of the Top 10 LGBTQ anthems of 2004.Driscol’s music has been heralded by feminist and queer rights communities, with accolades such as the “Essential Piece” Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the “Lilith’s Child” Performer of the Year award.Her work in contemporary music, as well the personal insight she provides during speaking engagements at campuses across America, has been invaluable to the movement in terms of educating the public about LGBTQ rights. The Golden Voice Award and The Campy Award from the Creative Planet School for the Arts and Campus Pride attest to that. She has most recently worked on a new song, “365 Days,” with Grammy Award winner Larry Mitchell. It can be found on iTunes.
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