(editor's pick)Wade Davis
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7 PM - 8 PM
Culture, Lectures / Seminars, Sports
Contact: Kristina LeMire 612.867.2239
Contact Dept: University Program Council
Memorial Union Ballroom
2901 University Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Wednesday January 15th we will have Proffesional NFL player Wade Davis here to talk about coming out and being one of the NFL's only gay players. He has played for the Tennesse Titans, the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. He has joined the advisory board for "You Can Play" an organization supporting Gay proffesional athletes! Come here about his journey and his inspiring story.
"For me, existing at the intersection of Black manhood, Black masculinity, sexuality and sports was the most dangerous place in the world. As an athlete you have to consistently prove yourself; as a Black male athlete, 'I' felt the pressure to consistently prove myself, my masculinity and my sexuality. I lived under a microscope, at least I thought, and I never had the opportunity to just be myself within the confines of a never-ending cycle of masculine performance. I was never alone. I was never able to relax. And I was never my authentic self. I felt so much pressure. Some of it was self-imposed and I was socialized to believe that pressure was part of the game. I knew I was expected to have sex with women, to engage in conversations that were, either, sexist, racist, or homophobic. I felt the need to prove that I belonged in that sports fraternity and that I was just as masculine as everyone else."
Parking InformationUnless special parking arrangements have been stated above, off-campus guests for this event may use the pay-as-you-go option in the Parking Ramp (corner of 2nd Ave N and Columbia Road), the Visitor Lot (off Centennial Drive), or a Parking Meter. Parking in any other parking lot on-campus requires a parking pass which can be purchased directly through UND Parking Services, Twamley Hall Rm 204 (M, W-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM and Tu 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM).