To close out Pride Month, Oglethorpe University welcomed two guest speakers to discuss the history of pride and the LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta: Director of LGBTQ+ Affairs Malik Brown and Georgia State Representative Matthew Wilson, who is the second openly gay man to be elected to the Georgia legislature.
Malik Brown is an LGBTQ advocate and political strategist, a first-generation American, and a lifelong Atlantan. He has been featured in prestigious outlets like CNN, NBC News, and The Hill. His writing has been featured in national publications like Cosmopolitan, them., and Out magazine.
Matthew Wilson represents Georgia’s 80th district, which includes Oglethorpe’s home City of Brookhaven, where he was raised. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor from the University of Georgia. He currently serves on the board of the Stonewall Bar Association, a network of legal professionals promoting the interests of the LGBTQ+ community.