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Riverland Community Gay-Straight Alliance and Q&A host evening of entertainment and discussion Feb. 26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2008
Contact: James Douglass, Director of Communications, Riverland Community College: (507) 433-0611, james.douglass@riverland.edu


Riverland Community Gay-Straight Alliance (RCGSA) will join Q&A, a community group, to present "STAGE LEFT,” an evening of drama, music, and discussion dealing with gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues. The evening will include drama, music, poetry, and personal stories performed, primarily, by Riverland students and alumni. “STAGE LEFT” is Tuesday, February 26, 7 p.m., in the Riverland Community College lecture hall at the Albert Lea Campus. Admission is free.

“STAGE LEFT" stands for Straights and Gays for Equality - Listening Entertaining Facilitating Teaching. The evening will include scenes and monologues from "Bent," "The Laramie Project," and other plays along with poetry and accounts written by local GLBT persons about growing up/coming out. Music will include songs from "Avenue Q" and "Honk!" Songs and drama include serious as well as humorous material. The evening will conclude with an open floor question and discussion session. For more information contact Q&A at 507-438-2502.

In addition, representatives from OutFront Minnesota will have informational literature available along with RCGSA and Q&A. OutFront Minnesota delivers programs and services to the GLBT and allied communities in the areas of public policy, advocacy, education and training, anti-violence, schools and the law.

Q&A, formerly SMAC (Sexual Minorities Advocacy Council) is a community group, based in Austin, which has been active for approximately 10 years. Members include parents of GLBT children, heterosexual allies, and GLBT persons from Austin, Albert Lea, Rochester, and smaller towns around Austin.

RCGSA exists to actively support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning population; to advocate for respect, dignity, and basic civil rights for everyone, regardless of sexual identity; and to educate the college and its communities regarding these issues. The RCGSA is open to all students, faculty, and staff who are interested in supporting and advocating for the GLBTQ community.

Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is a regional comprehensive community college inspiring learning for living through a personalized educational environment. Annually, approximately 4,000 students are served through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities. An additional 4,800 students are annually served in non-credit courses. Facilities are located in Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna, Minn. Riverland may also be found on the Internet at www.riverland.edu.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.