Kevin Jennings in N.C. last week

Don’t know how I missed this one… I definitely never received press materials from the Department of Education. With such a high-profile, openly gay man working in the Obama Administration, you’d think the department or United Way might take the time to reach out to LGBT press from his neck of the woods. Think again.

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The Winston-Salem Journal reports on Kevin Jennings appearance at the annual meeting of the United Way of Forsyth County:

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Jennings, who grew up in Winston-Salem and Lewisville, spoke to more than 200 people who attended the 2010 annual meeting of the United Way of Forsyth County. Jennings, 47, is the director the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools within the education department.

The high-school dropout rate is also troubling, he said.

One in four students drop out of American high schools, Jennings said. High-school dropouts earn three times less money than college graduates, live shorter lives than college graduates and are six times more likely to have seriously ill children than college graduates.

Jennings attended Mount Tabor High School until he and his mother moved to Hawaii, where he graduated from high school. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University.

Jennings founded the Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Education Network in 1990. The organization later changed its name to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One Reply to “Kevin Jennings in N.C. last week”

  1. Matt, Kevin Jennings is an exceptional person who deserves special consideration! He could not be treated like a common homosexual who doesn’t have political connections. For goodness sake, some “ordinary journalist” like yourself could have asked him an inappropriate question that would have come into conflict with the United Way’s mission – “be prepared” to do anything to keep the donations coming! Unlike elite philanthropists and symphony conductors in Winston-Salem, maybe you just don’t qualify to be on the United Way of Forsyth County’s list of approved homosexuals. When someday you become an elite gay like Kevin, maybe the United Way will put you on its approved list then invite you to speak.

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