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Celebrating Local Heroes: Robin McGehee, Matthew Mazzei and Andrew McIntosh
The Central California Alliance and the Bulldog Pride Fund proudly present “Celebrating Local Heroes” on Wed. May 11th at the Smittcamp Alumni House on the Fresno State campus.
The evening’s activities begins at 5:30 PM with a reception, which will be followed by presentations from three local heroes – Robin McGehee (Meet in the Middle + GetEQUAL), Matthew Mazzei (Rainbow Delegation) and Andrew McIntosh (NCAA athlete, coach and educator).
Advance tickets are priced at $5 for students, $10 for CCA members, and $15 for guests. Ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the event.
Purchase tickets online @ www.bulldogpride.org.
About ROBIN McGEHEE
Robin McGehee is a transplant from Jackson, Miss. who received her M.A. in human communication, with an emphasis on public speaking, interpersonal and intercultural communication, from Fresno State. She is an instructor at College of the Sequoias and believes that “When We Speak, We Shape the World!”
She has been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. award for her work with Youth Empowerment, as well as a Freedom of Speech award from the Fresno Free College Foundation which operates KFCF 88.1 FM. She worked for four years with the GSA Network and Fresno Reel Pride Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
McGehee helped organize Meet in the Middle for Equality, a statewide reaction to the passage of Prop 8; and co-directed the successful National Equality March in Washington D.C. Recently, she co-founded GetEQUAL – a direct action organization. She has been arrested twice after being handcuffed to the White House fence as a way to draw attention to the needed repeal of Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell.
In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Robin McGehee may be contacted via GetEQUAL @ www.getequal.org.
About MATTHEW MAZZEI
Matthew Mazzei, a native of Fresno, is the founder of the Rainbow Delegation, a campaign which has quickly become an international effort to provide a visual presence of support for the LGBTQ community by wearing rainbow-colored wristbands.
Since the fall of 2010, the Rainbow Delegation has managed to provide, free-of-charge, more than 45,000 wristbands to people in some 50-plus countries. He has been selected by Advocate magazine as “A reason to have pride” and will be featured in the June 2011 issue.
“The rainbow is a universal symbol of pride, strength and community,” says Mazzei. “Simply wearing a rainbow wristband shows others that you support them and that they belong.”
He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music at Fresno State. When he is not focusing his efforts on the administration of the Rainbow Delegation, Mazzei performs his duties as concertmaster of the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, and as a violinist in the Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Grand Opera.
See Matthew Mazzei and the Rainbow Delegation @ www.rainbowdelegation.org.
About ANDREW McINTOSH
Andrew McIntosh graduated from State University of New York College at Oneonta with a B.S. in adolescence education. As a student, he was a co-captain on the Men’s Lacrosse Team.
During his senior season he “came out” on an online essay featured on OutSports.com. This essay touched the hearts of many people across the world and he was featured in many notable publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
In June of 2010, Andrew was featured in Advocate magazine as “One of 150 reasons to have pride.” This was followed by being named to Out magazine’s Out 100 list – an honor that recognized “100 influential men and women that have inspired, changed and shaped the world in 2010.”
Currently he resides in Fresno and is a teacher, coach and professional speaker. This fall, McIntosh will pursue a master’s degree at Fresno State for counseling.
Andrew McIntosh is represented by CampusSpeak @ www.campuspeak.com.
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