AUBURN – Professor Howard M. Solomon of the University of Southern Maine will speak about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people and the Lewiston-Auburn area. His talk, “Community: GLBT and L/A,” will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Unitarian Universalist Church.

A 5:30 reception will precede the talk, featuring a traveling exhibit from USM’s Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine documenting the Maine gay community’s struggles and achievements. The reception will also feature work by local artists and a free performance by area musicians.

This event is part of the Many and One Coalition’s “Two Weeks of Community, Diversity and Justice.”

Solomon is scholar-in-residence in the Sampson Center’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Collection, as well as adjunct professor of history at USM. He was recently named professor emeritus of history at Tufts University, where he taught the history of sexuality and stereotyping for more than three decades. Solomon will explore the concept of “community” in Maine, focusing on the history of LGBT people and other Lewiston/Auburn area minorities.

The church is located at 159 Pleasant St. FMI: call 783-0461.

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