Kevin Jennings: LGBTQ Activist, Author, and Historian


Kevin Jennings (far left) at the AIDS Memorial Quilt unfurling on the Mall in Washington DC in October 1996.

PODCAST— EPISODE 23: Kevin Jennings grew up in a southern trailer park, son of a homophobic itinerant Baptist preacher, was the first in his family to go to college (on a full scholarship at Harvard), and took the risky step of coming out while he was a high school history teacher in 1989. He quit that job in 1994 to form what has become the leading LGBTQ anti-bullying educational organization in the country, served as Assistant Secretary for Education for Safe Schools under President Obama, and is now CEO of Lambda Legal, the leading nonprofit fighting for LGBTQ rights in the US.


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