Sara Whitman

Berklee College of Music Establishes GLBT Leadership Fund

Filed By Sara Whitman | September 09, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: GLBT, lgbt fund, Melissa Ferrick, music, roger brown

This Saturday night, the one and only Melissa Ferrick will rock the Berklee performance center in Boston, with all the proceeds benefiting a brand new GLBT leadership fund at the college.

Berklee has a history of being... well, male dominated, jazz only school. Under the leadership of Roger Brown, the college has been working hard to be more inclusive, have a more diverse population.

When my wife went to Berklee, she was one of the few women there, especially in the Music Production and Engineering department. When she was originally hired, we laughed it was so they could make three checks- one for a woman, one for a Latina, and one for a Lesbian.

Now, there are far more women on staff and at the school. Jeanine worked hard to bring the GLBT group into a more prominent role on campus. Since the money raised will go to the leadership fund, I urge everyone who can, to come attend.

If you can't attend, give. It's important when a college takes steps forward to reward their efforts. More importantly, we must support our youth taking "out" roles on college campuses across the country.

I hope to see you there!

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I wish I could be there with you, Sara! I'll bet it will be a lot of fun!

My wife was a student there in the 70s. We may have to attend and if not we will still give.

I have an old family friend who teaches there. Actually, my relationship was primarily with his mother, and we had lost touch. But I remembered that he taught there, so I looked him up on the school's web site. Lo and behold, I was able to get in touch with him.

That entailed explaining who I used to be and then who I am now. It had been decades since we were in touch. After a few e-mails, we spoke on the phone and he updated me on his mother. I had forgotten that he has the same birthday as my brother, which, ironically, is this week.

The upshot is that there's at least one guy there who has an old family friend who is trans.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 10, 2008 7:29 AM

Wonderful Sara!