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Mar 2016

NCAA, It’s Time to #GiveBackIX

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Reaching Out is proud to join a coalition of over 70 LGBTQ, sports, religious, and youth advocacy groups calling on the NCAA to divest from all religious-based institutions who have made Title IX requests to discriminate against LGBTQ youth. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education decided to include protection for transgender students under Title IX, triggering these religious exemption requests from 59 NCAA member institutions on Campus Pride’s #ShameList.

We stand with Campus Pride reminding the NCAA of its core values of integrity, inclusive culture, and sportsmanship. The NCAA should continue its longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion of all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Transgender people already face systemic discrimination and disproportionate rates of poverty, suicide, and murder. Schools that are affiliated with the NCAA should be dedicated to fostering a campus that allows all students to flourish both academically and in co-curricular activities such as athletics.

Along with Campus Pride and the other signatories on the letter to the NCAA President, NCAA Executive Team, and NCAA Board of Governors, Reaching Out is committed to the students at all of our LGBT Club Affiliate schools, and we hope to see movement from the NCAA on this matter soon. It’s time to #GiveBackIX.


Feb 2015

Welcome Michael Anderson – Our New VP of External Partnerships

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Please help us in welcoming Michael Anderson to the Reaching OUT family! Michael joined us earlier this month as the second full-time staff person and will serve as our Vice President of External Partnerships.

In this new role Michael will help strengthen and grow our relationships with external audiences which support the work of the organization.

Michael brings with him a wealth of experience in the LGBT and HIV/AIDS arenas, having served on the management teams of several well regarded national and regional organizations.  These include his leadership roles in development, communications and marketing for PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the National AIDS Fund, AIDS Action Committee (Boston, MA) and New Leaf:  Services for our Community (San Francisco, CA).  He also served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of Villa Finale, San Antonio, TX, a National Trust Historic Site.  Most recently Anderson served as Executive Director of Theta Xi Foundation, raising funds to support the educational and leadership programs of his college fraternity on a national level.

A graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Anderson resides in St. Louis, and works remotely from there to support our mission nationwide.

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