Montgomery College Photography Exhibit to Open at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center “Portraits of Life” Depicts Local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals

“Portraits of Life: LGBT Stories of Being,” a photography exhibition of local members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will be on display from June 20 to September 17 at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center’s Open Gallery, 930 King Street, Silver Spring, Md., on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

President Obama recently issued a proclamation recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The exhibit features LGBT community members who contribute to the success of Montgomery County, including Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard. This is Montgomery College’s third “Portraits of Life” exhibition and continues the rich tradition established by “Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors” and “Portraits of Life: Student Experiences.”

Last year, MCPride, a grassroots group of concerned Montgomery College employees, developed “Making It Better,” a collegewide statement that celebrates the College’s diversity and takes a stand against bullying and harassment of LGBT students, faculty and staff. On October 24, 2011, the Montgomery College Board of Trustees endorsed the statement and passed a resolution in its support.

Among those featured in the exhibit is Michael Bobbitt, the artistic director of Adventure Theatre. A musician, dancer, choreographer, actor, director and playwright, Bobbitt has led the theatre since 2007. He has since diversified the programming at Adventure Theatre, increasing the numbers of attendees and donors so that Adventure Theatre can continue to enrich the lives of young people in Montgomery County.

“The marriage of art and society is always exciting. What better way to show significance of the LGBT community than through the arts,” Bobbitt said. “Our contributions help to advance the world that we live in. These kind of initiatives help my young son to understand that his family is unique, but also a significant part of the greater world.”

Also featured is Evan Glass, a communications consultant with Reingold, Inc. A civic activist, Glass volunteers for numerous organizations in Silver Spring, including the Silver Spring Citizens’ Advisory Board, South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association, and Safe Silver Spring. In addition, Glass is an active member of Equality Maryland, Conservation Montgomery and Gandhi Brigade.

To attend the opening reception, please RSVP via email to events@montgomerycollege.edu or call 240-567-4006 by June 15.

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about previous “Portraits of Life” exhibits, please visit the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute website at: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/humanities/?page=portraits_of_life

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