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    “Queer as Folk” Actor Peter Paige to Speak at Pacific’s Lesbian-Gay Conference

    Jan 5, 2010

    Peter Paige, one of the actors in the hit television show “Queer as Folk” will be the keynote speaker at University of the Pacific’s day-long conference “It Takes a Rainbow: Bridging the Mountains to the Bay 2010.” The conference will be held on Feb. 20 at Pacific’s Stockton campus. It will be open to the public, but registration is required.

    The event is designed to explore local, national and international issues facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community. In addition to Paige’s speech, there will be a closing performance by noted drag queen Miss Coco Peru. Other events include numerous workshops on social and legal issues affecting the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities.

    “Coming together for a conference like this one is more important than ever since we are on the verge of a great breakthrough in the recognition of the basic human rights of LGBTQI people,” said Steve Jacobson, associate vice president for student life and co-chair of the conference. “Even though Proposition Eight passed in California, we are seeing a variety of polls that indicate many people are more accepting of the LGBTQI community.”

    That may be because of the work of people such as Paige who has made being gay a natural part of American culture through his work. He is perhaps best known for his role as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime’s hit series “Queer as Folk.” He also had recurring guest roles on “Will & Grace,” “Time of Your Life,” and “Caroline in the City.” His first role was in a guest spot on “Suddenly Susan.” Paige also is known for his theatrical work, most notably at the La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, and Playwrights Horizons.

    “Miss Coco Peru,” also known as Clinton Leupp, is best known for his drag performances in the films “Trick,” “Girls Will Be Girls,” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.” He also has appeared in guest roles in “Will and Grace,” Bravo’s reality series “Boy Meets Boy” and the comedy film “Straight-Jacket.”

    While some of the conference will focus on issues that affect student populations in higher education, the event is open to all community groups that wish to learn more about the LGBTQI communities and the issues surrounding them today. Early-bird registration is $20 before Jan. 30, 2010.

    More information about the conference, including registration information, can be found online here. For more information, call 209.946.7707 or send an e-mail to multiculturalcenter@pacific.edu.