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by Eric Ginsburg

 PARKER HURLEY-ORGANIZING POWERHOUSE

Despite his modesty, Parker Hurley’s resume reads like several people’s life achievements rolled into one list. Co-founder of the Queer People of Color Collective; new member of the Trans Advisory Committee of the North Carolina ACLU; regional organizing committee member for the Queer-Oriented Rock and Rap Day School; co-coordinator of YouthSAFE; deputy director of the national Trans People of Color Coalition. Hurley plays a role in several other organizations and efforts, and none of these are his day job — the director of the Bayard Rustin Center and the LGBTQA coordinator at Guilford College. There, he supports and connects with students on a personal level and is working to introduce gender-neutral housing on campus (a big deal since the state university system banned it this year). Did we forget to mention that amidst all this, Hurley is working on his PhD in the education studies department at UNCG? It’s only natural that the director of the Bayard Rustin Center — named for a gay civil rights icon that’s been largely ignored by mainstream history — is helping to organize a screening of a documentary about Rustin’s life. The film, Brother Outsider, will be shown at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.

E-mail bayrdrustincenter@guilford.edu, visit gsafe.org/YouthSafe.aspx

Or find the Queer People of Color Collective on Facebook.

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