New Paltz will host conversation on LGBTQ+ civil rights movement with Randy Florke and Gwen Walz

The Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion is pleased to welcome long-time equality advocate Randy Florke to campus for a conversation about his experiences in the gay civil rights movement.

Florke has been involved in the fight for equality for much of his adult life, and in some senses that journey culminated in 2013 and 2014, when Florke traveled to Washington D.C. to hear oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of U.S. vs. Windsor, and the following year was married to Sean Patrick Maloney, the U.S. Congressman representing the 18th Congressional District of New York.

Florke’s “Personal History of the Gay Civil Rights Movement” will be moderated by Gwen Walz, who also is the spouse of a sitting U.S. congressperson (her husband, Tim Walz, represents the 1st Congressional District of Minnesota) and also has dedicated her life to public service. Formerly a high school teacher, Walz has advocated for equality, public education and prison education.

Florke and Walz will share their experiences with members of the SUNY New Paltz community in a free and open event on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in Lecture Center room 102.