UM-Dearborn welcomes Marcia "Ma" Purdy
Advocate - Educator - Ally
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Kochoff Halls, University Center
On Thursday, October 10, please join the University of Michigan-Dearborn in welcoming Marcia "Ma" Purdy. The event will begin at 6:30 pm in Kochoff Halls inside the University Center.
Marcia "Ma" Purdy is an "OUT" Ally and passionate supporter of LGBTQ equality. Using her ear for listening, Marcia Purdy became "Ma" Purdy to college students who came to her with their coming out stories.
"Ma" too has her coming out story, as a straight Ally to the LGBTQ Community,:
"I was born in SW Iowa on a farm 10 miles from a town of 700 people...When I graduated from high school, I didn't have anyone encouraging me to get more education, let alone a four-year degree. I found a secretary job and like many women of the time, got married, put him through college and started a family. Then the early 1980's, a insidious terror crept into the country...AIDS. I read the series in the newspaper, tracing the path of the disease to a single male airline attendant throughout the country until it was an epidemic. And it was dubbed the "gay disease". The media has a way of taking hold of something and blowing it up, and it definitely did with AIDS. People quit jobs...because they were worried about getting the virus because the medical community didn't know if it was airborne, or by touch or what...Because of AIDS, I became afraid. I was a young mother afraid for her children. I was uniformed and homophobic. I am ashamed of those years and my homophobia, but I changed. People can change."
About "Ma" Purdy
"Ma" is currently an instructor at Iowa State University, working to train current and future teachers on making schools safe for LGBTQ students. Since 2008, she has been involved with Campus Pride Sumer Leadership Camp as a faculty member. "Ma" is a adovcate, educator and ally for the LGBTQ Community.
For more information on Ma, please visit: www.mapurdy.com
For information or questions regarding this topic, please contact the Office for Student Engagement at (313) 593.5390
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