Tolerance is focus of second annual Ally Rally

It Gets BetterCSUB again focuses its attention on tolerance with its second annual Ally Rally tonight. As teen suicides and assaults on others considered “different” by the mainstream continue to be reported in the news media, outreach efforts are using the power of social media with “It Gets Better” videos and television ads by Google.

Tonight’s panel is free and open to the public, and focuses on how students, staff, faculty and the community at large can be effective allies for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals. “This year’s conversation will be about different ways to show support for people in our community,” said organizer Anne Duran, a psychology professor at CSUB.

Panelists are:
Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW)
April Dominguez, Prevention Specialist for Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Ike Duran, President of the Bakersfield Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Michael Harville, Safe Zone Coordinator at CSUB
Tim Vivian, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at CSUB and Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church
Liora Gubkin Malicdem, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at CSUB and Consulting Minister for Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County

The Ally Rally will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. Parking is free for the public in Lots K, L and A. For more information, contact Anne Duran at 661-654-2298 or