WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The newly formed LGBT student group at the historically black Winston-Salem State University will hold a lecture exploring race and sexuality in corporate life on Dec. 4

The Gay-Straight Student Alliance (GSSA), formed this fall, is partnering with WSSU’s Black Men for Change (BMC) to present Brandon G. Major, talent management manager with grocery store chain Food Lion. Major, who also serves as chair of the Time Out Youth board of directors in Charlotte, will speak on the “unique challenges and opportunities” of being a black, gay man in corporate America.

After his presentation, Major will be joined by a panel of Triad-area diversity officers and human resources professionals, including Donna Oldham of Dell, Inc.; Candice Wooten of Reynolds American, Inc.; and Ed Hanes, Winston-Salem State University EEO Officer.

The event will be held on Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Dillard Auditorium, located in the campus’ Albert H. Anderson Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

BMC strives to help empower African-American males through knowledge to rise above negative stereotypes and become productive assets to their communities. The GSSA seeks to build and develop positive relationships between the heterosexual and gay communities.

Collectively, both groups strive to inform its members of various personal and professional development opportunities.

For more information about this event contact Shaun Trotter, community service chair of BMC at 252-571-4175 or e-mail him at, or call Brandon Hughes, president of the GSSA at 704-458-7085 or Shannon Clarke, vice president of the GSSA at 704-930-1315, or co- advisor Thomas Clarke at 336-750-3333.

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