WOOSTER, Ohio — Wade Davis played in the National Football League with the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins, but it wasn’t until after he retired that he revealed a secret he had concealed his entire life. Last summer, the former defensive back disclosed that he is gay, and next month he will share his story at The College of Wooster during a two-day visit to campus. Davis will speak at a free public event on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.), and then meet informally with students the following day at 11 a.m. in the Scot Center.
Wooster’s Center for Diversity and Global Engagement (CDGE), in collaboration with the Department of Physical Education, is hosting Davis, who is assistant director of job readiness at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City, and also serves as an LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) spokesperson. With Hetrick-Martin, Davis mentors youth about how to deal with bullying, how to be a leader, and how to realize their full potential.
Prior to working at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Davis partnered with The New York Times on an initiative known as InMotion Media, which informs consumers as they travel. He is currently working on his memoir, titled Interference, which relates his journey from childhood to the work he does today in the LGBTQ community.
Davis has appeared on NPR, CNN, and BET, and is an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama, often speaking at events on behalf of the President. In addition, he is a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board, which encourages every child to accept and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Davis said that he wouldn’t want someone to risk losing his or her dream of becoming a professional athlete because of a revelation about sexual orientation, but he also wouldn’t want someone to be less than their authentic self by hiding that part of their life. In a Huffington Post interview, he voiced the hope that he will be able to use this opportunity, not only to affect change in his own life, but also in the lives of others.
Additional information about Davis’s appearance at Wooster is available by calling 330-263-2500.
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