President Rawlings will speak at Cornell gay and lesbian town meeting

Cornell's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Resource Office will host a town meeting on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. featuring an address by President Hunter Rawlings. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the David L. Call Alumni Auditorium of Kennedy Hall and will include a seating section for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals who do not want to be photographed.

Audience members will have the opportunity to make prepared statements of up to two minutes at the meeting. Those statements, and all of the issues addressed, will be considered at the upcoming meeting of the Resource Office Advisory Group and Working Group on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Concerns.

"We are such a diverse community that we need to have this kind of open opportunity for all of us to come together," said Carlisle Douglas, coordinator of Cornell's LGB Resource Office.

"The town meeting is an opportunity for the community to see the president recognizing the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues on campus and publicly addressing his concerns and priorities," she said, "as well as an opportunity for the administration to hear from members of the community about what their current concerns are." The meeting will be preceded by a reception, with refreshments, at 5:30 p.m. in Kennedy Hall. For more information about the town meeting, call Carlisle Douglas at 254-4987.