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Human Rights Campaign Leader To Speak At U.Va.

September 26, 2000 -- Elizabeth Birch, a leader in behalf of gay and lesbian people's rights to full protection under the Constitution, will speak Thursday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

The talk is free and open to the public. Parking is available in U.Va.'s Emmet Street parking garage.

Birch’s talk, which is co-sponsored by the Jefferson Society, is part of the Women 2000: Shapers of the World series, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Center and the 30th anniversary of full co-education at the University.

Since becoming director of the Human Rights Campaign gay and lesbian advocacy group in 1995, Birch has nearly tripled the organization’s membership and budget, and has helped defeat anti-gay legislation that has come before Congress.

She has become a highly visible advocate regarding issues of concern to gay and lesbian Americans, speaking throughout the country and on programs such as "Good Morning America," "20/20," "Crossfire," "Larry King Live" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." She was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Contact: Annie Wagner, (804) 243-6834

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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