The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in partnership with the US Embassy in Pretoria invites you to an LGBTI Forum
on Partnering with Straight Allies for Safe Schools and Communities

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Guest speaker: Jody Huckaby (Executive Director of PFLAG)
Date: Friday 15 August 2014
Time: 12:00 for 13:30
Venue: Centre for Human Rights Classroom, Room 2-2.1, Law Building, University of Pretoria (Hatfield Campus)
A light lunch will be served

RSVP: carole.viljoen@up.ac.za by 13 August 2014

For too many LGBTI students, attending school can be a frightening experience. Many face harassment or mistreatment by colleagues or professors. These challenges are compounded in some cases by unsupportive families or friends back home. Come and discuss strategies for building allies in the straight community to make your school and community safer. Learn how to engage families, friends and fellow students in a constructive discussion about your identity and enlist them as supporters.

About Jody Huckaby

Jody M. Huckaby has been the Executive Director of PFLAG National since February of 2005 and is one of the longest tenured leaders of a national LGBT organization. He has served as a nonprofit leader for more than twenty one years,
serving as Executive Director of the Washington Humane Society in Washington, DC, New Mexico AIDS Services in Albuquerque, and the Bering/Omega Community
Foundation in Houston.

Jody served as a Board member of AIDS Action in Washington DC and, in that capacity, facilitated LGBT grassroots organization and public policy development on HIV/AIDS issues,
housing, healthcare, and research. Jody travels extensively, both domestically and internationally,
to train and speak on the importance of the family and ally voice in advancing acceptance and equality.

He has become a visible spokesperson on issues impacting the LGBT community and their loved ones, appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show with his siblings, both gay and straight, and being quoted in national news outlets on PFLAG’s unique family and straight ally voice
Jody holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas and has done graduate work in Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Chicago.


PFLAG (formerly Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has forty years of experience building alliances between the Straight and LGBTI community. PFLAG is the United States’ largest organisation for parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.



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