Plymouth State Gay-Straight Alliance

April 8th, 2003 by Adam

ALSO, the gay-straight alliance at Plymouth State College, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in April with three special events.

The Plymouth Players, a student theatre troupe, will perform The Laramie Project April 15-19 at 8 p.m. in the Hall Heritage Commons on Highland Street. The hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student, is the basis for the script, which uses a collection of more than 200 interviews of citizens of Laramie, Wyo. The play looks at the event and asks, “How could it happen?” Tickets are $8 general admission at the PSC Box Office, 535-ARTS.

A daylong conference for college students, The Big Gay Event, will be held Saturday, April 19 in the Hartman Union Building on High Street. Conference registration is 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Lounge, followed by an opening session from 10 – 11 a.m. Workshop sessions run from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m., with lunch and a keynote address from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The conference closes at 5:30 p.m.

Workshop topics include identity building; community; relationships; the differences between civil unions, domestic partnerships and marriage; homophobia in the media; homosexuality/AIDS and the mainstream media; and building campus Safe Zone programs. The keynote speaker is Todd Elmer, from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.

The anniversary celebration culminates April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Commons with Matthew’s Legacy, by Judy Shepard, mother of the slain student. Since Matthew’s death, the Shepards have worked through the Matthew Shepard Foundation to promote tolerance in hopes of sparing others their son’s brutal fate. In a discussion with a group of students at Cornell, Shepard said, “My goal is to show that anybody, anytime, anyplace, your son, your friend, your brother, could be suffering from hate. Love people and accept them as they are. So much more can be accomplished with love. If I can change one person’s mind, open somebody’s eyes and hearts to what’s going on in the world today and to try to make it better, then I will have considered my trip a success.”

The event is free, but tickets are required and may be obtained at the PSC Box Office, Silver Cultural Arts Center. Box Office Hours are Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.
For information about ALSO 25th anniversary events call the ALSO office at (603) 535-2796 or