FORT MYERS, FL, September 21, 2017 — As a kick-off to LGBT Pride week in Southwest Florida, Greg Baird, a national lecturer on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights and equality, will present a lecture Sunday, October 1, titled “Disarming Hate & Bigotry: Building an Accepting & Inclusive Community.” The lecture is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the theater at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers.
Baird is an acclaimed lecturer, writer and filmmaker who speaks to audiences across the country to promote understanding and acceptance for LGBTQ people, including addressing anti-LGBTQ bullying and violence. Baird will share stories about his experience coming out and living openly as a gay person, as well as discuss the current state of civil rights for LGBTQ people in the United States.
The lecture will also include a short film directed and produced by Baird, “2:02 AM,” inspired by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last year that killed 49 people and injured 53 others, a majority of whom were LGBTQ young people. The film examines the impact of violence targeted at members of the LGBTQ community and how to respond by encouraging a more inclusive and accepting society.
General admission is $20. Tickets to attend the lecture followed by a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is $50. This event is hosted by the Lee County LGBTQA Democratic Caucus.
To purchase tickets, visit disarminghatelecture.eventbrite.com.
For more information about Greg Baird, visit www.gregrbaird.com.