Hobson Memorial Union to host Sept. 19 presentation by Debra Davis

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Bemidji State University’s Hobson Memorial Union will present “Reading Rainbows: An Evening with Debra Davis, Transgender High School Librarian,” Wednesday, Sept. 19. The presentation will be held in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the BSU campus and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The program, sponsored by the Women’s Center, The Phoenix and The Hobson Memorial Union, is a part of the university’s commitment to providing multicultural education to its students and members of the community. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Davis, executive director and founder of the Gender Education Center, a Minnesota non-profit corporation of differently-genered persons dedicated to support, advocacy and education, has given more than 1,000 presentations on gender issues across the nation.

With the support of school administration, Davis came out as transgender and transitioned from male to female in 1998. In one of the first successful on-the-job transitions of a high school educator, Davis says she left work on a Friday as David and returned on the following Monday as Debra.

The award-winning educator, activist and speaker now specializes in helping other transgender employees transition at work.

Davis has been honored with numerous awards for her work and activism in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, including Curve Magazine’s 2006 Making Waves Award, a 2005 PRIDE Award and was Lavender Magazine’s Person of the Year winner for 1999.

More information on Davis can be found at http://www.debradavis.org.

For more information, contact T. Todd Masman, director of HMU at (218) 755-3765 or via e-mail.

Davis will be available for media interview prior to and during her trip to Bemidji. Interviews may be arranged through Masman; contact information above.

Sept. 19
– 7:30 p.m. – Bemidji State University’s Hobson Memorial Union presents Reading Rainbows: An Evening with Debra Davis, Transgender High School Librarian.” Location: Beaux Arts Ballroom. Admission: free.