On March 18, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programming welcomes former NFL player Wade Davis Jr. to keynote its Spring Speaker Series at 9:00 p.m. in the Gottesman Room on the PLV Campus.
Davis, who was signed as a free agent for the Tennessee Titans, played in preseason games for the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, and went on to play for the Barcelona Dragons and Berlin Thunder as part of NFL Europe, came out in 2012 when he began working at the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), where he teaches promising LGBT youth how to define success for themselves and thrive in society.
Davis will discuss the intersections between masculinity and being gay and his own journey at this event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Athletic Department, Black Student Union, and Gay Straight Alliance.
He is also a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board, and is an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama, in which he speaks at events on behalf of the President. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, and he has also appeared on CNN, NPR, and BET. His own book, Interference, about his journey from adolescence to coming out, which details his relationship with his mother, playing in the NFL, working with LGBTQ youth, and the Obama election, is scheduled to be released later this year.