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Urvashi Vaid to speak March 6 (Released: 2/21/96)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Urvashi Vaid, a national leader on gay/lesbian rights, will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the University of Connecticut's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Auditorium in celebration of Women s History Month.

Vaid is the author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. The event is part of the University of Connecticut's observance of Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The one-year observance began with the dedication of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Oct. 15.

The talk is sponsored by the Student Union Board of Governors, the Dodd Lecture Committee, the Women s Center, the President s Office, BIGALA, the Puerto Rican/ Latin American Cultural Center, the African American Cultural Center and the Asian American Cultural Center.

Vaid, a lawyer and lesbian of color, was born in New Delhi, India. A graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law, she has been involved in the gay/lesbian and feminist movements for more than a decade. She served as executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) from 1989-1992, and served as the organization s public information director from 1986-1989. Vaid devised the gay and lesbian community s political strategy during the 1988 and 1992 presidential election cycles and initiated the March on Washington and the national Creating Change Conference, the first national gay political gathering.

In December 1994, Vaid was named one of Time magazine s Fifty for the Future, a list of the most promising leaders in the United States who are under the age of 40.

She has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union s (ACLU) National Prison Project, conducting prisoner s rights litigation in federal courts, and worked for the rights of prisoners with AIDS and HIV.

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