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Ithaca College Hosts Speaker for National Coming Out Day

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services will host a presentation for National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Titled “A Conversation with Alumnus Marc Wigler ’87: GLBT Advocate, Supporter, Educator and Comedienne,” the talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The event will also include a reception for attendees and for LGBT and allied alumni visiting campus for Alumni Weekend, providing an opportunity for alumni and current students to meet and network.

Wigler earned his degree in communications management from Ithaca College in 1987 and spent several years working in television and radio then in travel education before settling in Chicago to become a kindergarten teacher in the public school system. In 2000, he was hired by Success for All, where he trained teachers, administrators and district-level personnel throughout the country on how to teach reading. 

From 2004 until 2010, Wigler worked for the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) as a manager with the Fresh Start Program, a labor-management collaborative effort between the CTU and the Chicago Public Schools to turn around struggling schools. He recently worked for the district as a program improvement specialist in the Office of Early Childhood Education, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the DePaul University School of Education.

Wigler hosted a monthly educational television talk show in Chicago for PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) from 2001 until 2010, and he is frequently called upon by news organizations to talk about educational topics as they relate to labor-management issues. 

National Coming Out Day is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and is intended to advance open and respectful dialogue about the lives of LGBT Americans and their family and friends. The Ithaca College LGBT Center annually hosts a featured speaker with ties to the campus or local community in commemoration of the day.

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