Janie to Keynote at “Coming Out” fundraiser for JASMYN on Oct. 11 at University of North Florida

Rev. Jane Adams Spahr  Provided by JASMYN

“Welcoming” leadership for youth…

Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, who for more than 35 years has pushed for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Presbyterian Church, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network event.

The seventh annual Coming Out Day Breakfast is a fundraiser for JASMYN, a nonprofit that supports gay, lesbian, transgender and questioning youth.

The event will be held 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive in Jacksonville.

For more information and reservations go to:  bit.ly/1emNx38. For sponsorship information, call (904) 389-3857, ext. 205.

Spahr has served in a variety of churches and roles since her ordination in 1974. In 1982, she was instrumental in founding what is now the Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in Marin County, Calif., serving as executive director from 1982 to 1993. The center provides support groups for LGBT youth, adults and families, and conducts a vital AIDS ministry.

“We are excited to have Janie Spahr speak at this year’s breakfast,” said Cindy Watson, JASMYN executive director. “She describes herself as a lesbian, feminist, Presbyterian minister committed to justice issues for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, pursuing connections for wholeness with other oppressed communities claiming their freedom. She has faced and overcome many obstacles while fighting for LGBT equality within and outside of the church and I know her message will be motivating and inspiring.”

JASMYN is a nonprofit youth center and advocacy organization providing support, leadership development, risk reduction, social opportunities and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in Northeast Florida. Over 20,000 youth have benefited from JASMYN since its establishment in 1994.

For more information, go to www.jasmyn.org