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Professor Beryl Satter to Be Honored as Advocate For LGBT Youth

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A Rutgers University-Newark history professor will be recognized on May 20 as a “longstanding advocate for LGBT people, especially youth,” and for being a “consistent voice in the city of Newark and the Rutgers-Newark campus,” the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) has announced.

Dr. Beryl Satter will receive a 2014 “Bridge to Brick City Community Leader” award at a public ceremony at 6:30p.m., May 20, at 53 Edison Place, Newark. The public event also is a fundraiser for Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit leader in LGBTQ youth service programming.  Each year, Hetrick-Martin Institute recognizes an individual who exemplifies its mission of providing a safe and supportive environment for all young people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  HMI  honors “advocates who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the LGBTQ community and those who work to address some of the most critical issues affecting our youth,” according to the institute.

Satter is the co-founder of the Queer Newark Oral History project, a collaborative project developed between Rutgers and various community partners including Hetrick-Martin Institute.  “Whether on campus or off, Dr. Satter writes and offers public comment on the need for safe spaces for LGBT youth in the city.  Her advocacy, along with her colleagues at Rutgers, lead to their developing the LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center (which is now a principal partner of HMI:Newark) and the development of a minor in LGBT studies,” according to HMI’s announcement of the award.

The awards event is at 6:30p.m., May 20, at 53 Edison Place, Newark. For more  information, contact Lalitha Sarma, lsarma@hmi.org, 212-674-2600, ext. 278.