February 14, 2013

Owens Community College Welcomes Nationally-Known Author and Diversity Advocate Zach Wahls, Feb. 28

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents are invited to hear the inspirational words of nationally-known author and diversity advocate Zach Wahls as he takes attendees on a personal journey into his life growing up with two same-sex parents during free lecture presentations titled “What Makes a Family” at Owens Community College’s Findlay-area and Toledo-area campuses on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The first lecture presentation will begin at 11 a.m. in the Education Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus. A second presentation by Wahls will occur at 2 p.m. in the College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens’ Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay, while the Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Admission to both events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

In addition to sharing his own personal experience with having two same-sex parents, Wahls will explore the nature of family and what it means for the millennial generation.

On Jan. 31, 2011, Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public hearing regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa. The then 19-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed “the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.” Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear from the boy with two moms. The sixth-generation Iowan was invited for appearances on MSNBC, CNN and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.

Energized by his new emergence as a national advocate for marriage equality, Wahls has continued speaking and recently released the book “My Two Moms”, which details his life growing up with two same-sex parents. The book also provides insight into lessons of love, strength and what makes a family.

For additional information about the lecture, call (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583, or (567) 429-3029 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3029.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.