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Nov. 3 event in Harrisburg

FAB honorees announced


The LGBT Community Center of Harrisburg has announced the 2017 FAB Award Honorees.

The Honoress - Mara Keisling, Dickinson College, and Adanjesús Marín – will be recognized Nov. 3 at One FAB Night.

Mara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. Since founding NCTE in 2003, Keisling has led organizational and coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality, including the inclusion of gender identity in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the first-ever Congressional hearing on transgender issues, and countless federal administrative and state-level wins.

As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Keisling is regularly quoted in national and local print media and has appeared on major television networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She was part of the first all-transgender television interview on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show in 2012. Ms. Magazine named Keisling one of "45 Feminist Women to Follow on Twitter" in August 2017.

A proud Pennsylvania native, Keisling holds a BSS from the Pennsylvania State University and did her graduate work in American Government at Harvard University. Prior to founding NCTE, she worked for 25 years in social marketing and opinion research.

Dickinson College has been a dedicated partner of the LGBT Center of Central PA for nearly a decade. This partnership began with the Center’s Second Annual GSA Leadership Summit in 2009, which Dickinson not only hosted on their campus but also helped to plan.

The College has not only continued to host the Summit each year but has also been an integral part of the planning process. Since that time, the Summit has grown from a 1-day to a 3-day event, with 550 students and advisors participating in this year’s 10th anniversary summit. Erica Lawrence, director of the Office of LGBTQ Services at Dickinson College, has been an incredible support to the Center as part of the planning committee.

Dickinson has also been an essential partner on the LGBT Center's History Project from its inception in 2012. Retired Dickinson professor Lonna Malmsheimer provided training and equipment to begin the process of recording oral history interviews, and from there the partnership was extended to the Archives & Special Collections Department to catalog and store historical items donated to the History Project. Because of this collaboration the History Project was awarded the prestigious J. Franklin Jameson Award for Archival Advocacy from the Society of American Archives. Malinda Triller-Doran, Special Collections Librarian, has been an integral part of the project since its start and regularly donates her own time to the project.

Adanjesús Marín is a community organizer and leader known for his intersectional work across many different social justice movements. For over 20 years he worked in the labor movement, organizing workers all across the country from school janitors and bus drivers to farmworkers and college professors.

Soon after moving to Lancaster City in 2009, Marín founded the LGBT Organizing Committee and served as chair of the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission. During an attempt to abolish the commission he organized and led the Lancaster Committee to defend civil rights, which became one of the largest and broadest civil rights coalitions in Lancaster's history.

Marín also served as president of Equality Pennsylvania during the marriage equality victory and the election of the first out State Representative. He was recently elected co-chair of Pennsylvania Pride at Work, the AFLCIO LGBTQ constituency group.

Marín is currently the director of Make the Road PA, a Latinx organization working for justice through organizing and building community leadership. His work there includes advocating for immigration reform, fighting to shut down the Berks Family Detention Center, pushing for a $15 minimum wage and workers' rights.

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