Two-fer Tuesday: Mark Travis Rivera & RDC

What’s that? Well, starting this month, we will be featuring something that impacts the LGBTQ community on the national level as well as something local that you should know about. These may be activism projects, an inspirational individual, a sweet deal, or any number of things and events that the oUUt group wants to highlight. (If you have something you’d like us to feature, let us know!)

For our inaugral Two-fer Tuesday, we want to show off a young man who gave a big speech and show you the ultimate resource for answers to your LGBTQ questions in Roanoke.


Our first spot features Mark Travis Rivera. From his online bio:

Mark Travis Rivera is an award-winning LGBTQA activist, choreographer, and published writer who devotes his talents to bringing awareness to social issues. Mark lives in New Jersey and attends William Paterson University, where he majors in women’s & gender studies with a minor in journalism and public relations. He is the 2013 recipient of the Voice & Action Student Leadership Award by Campus Pride.
Mark has dedicated himself to educating, empowering, and supporting his fellow LGBTQ community members through his advocacy efforts.

This young man’s big speech was delivered to the Bergen Community College TEDx conference and inspires us all to “Embrace Yourself, Embrace Your Potential.” Watch or listen:

Secondly, did you know about the Roanoke Diversity Center? They offer resources and contacts for everyone from youth, allies, displaced, and other folks in the greater Roanoke area. We will be featuring more on specific people and offerings later, but check them out here (click the picture):

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