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Release: Oct. 9, 2000

(EDITORS: A press conference for Urvashi Vaid will be from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Miller Room, Room 259, of the Iowa Memorial Union.)

Urvashi Vaid, civil and gay rights leader, to give Oct. 12 public lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Lecture Series will host Urvashi Vaid, director of the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, who will give a free and public lecture on civil rights issues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Vaid is a nationally recognized author dealing with the politics of the modern gay rights movement who previously was an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. She is known for her 20-year dedication to promoting civil rights issues for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. The American Library Association in 1996 awarded to her the Gay Nonfiction Book Award for her title "Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation."

In 1994 she was selected by Time magazine as one of the 50 most influential leaders under 40-years-old in the United States, and one of the 100 most promising young leaders worldwide. And she has appeared on various television and radio programs, including national evening news broadcasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC, and "The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour" and National Public Radio.

Vaid is a co-editor in a soon-to-be published anthology "Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy and Civil Rights" and contributes regularly for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian news magazine.