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Antioch College to host National Coming Out Day event

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—September 26, 2012—Antioch College history professor Kevin McGruder will discuss some of the challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangendered people seeking to live lives of integrity in a predominantly heterosexual world in a public lecture at 7:30 p.m., October 11, in McGregor Hall, Room 113, on the Antioch College Campus.

Delivered on National Coming Out Day, an internationally observed civil awareness day to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals, McGruder’s talk will address questions raised by New York City-based scholar/activist Darnell Moore, who has lectured on the topic of “inviting in” as a means to reframe the disclosure paradigm. Moore has argued that this perspective gives LGBT individuals agency to share this information when they feel comfortable doing so rather than pressured to do something that few heterosexual people ever do. In addition it pushes non-LGBT people to understand that they have a responsibility to help create a world in which LGBT people feel free to share information about their sexuality.

McGruder will also discuss: What does it mean to be out? If one is not out does that mean they are closeted? Self-hating? Should all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people come out? Will their lives be better if they are out? What responsibility do people who are not LGBT people have to support LGBT people?

An assistant professor of history at Antioch College, McGruder has for many years been involved in community development and LGBT activism in New York City, most prominently as the executive director of Gay Men of African Descent, an education, advocacy and health services organization based in New York.

His scholarly work has appeared in Black Sexualities: Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies from Rutgers University Press, the Journal of African American Studies, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, and The Black Scholar. He has a BA in economics from Harvard, an MBA from Columbia University, and a PhD in history from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

He was previously an adjunct assistant professor of African American studies and history at Lehman College (CUNY), a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and adjunct professor at Hostos Community College and Rutgers University.

For more information on this event, contact Kevin McGruder, PhD, at

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student-faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.


Nicole Wroten
Assistant Director of Communications