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February 21, 2024 | Latest Issue
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President of Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians to speak

Phil Arcidi, the president of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, will speak at the College on Tuesday.

Arcidi's speech will be the first time students on campus can hear activists who ally gay rights with the rights of the unborn, according to a press release provided by the Dartmouth Coalition for Life, which invited Arcidi to speak.

Arcidi will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.

The alliance was formed in Washington, D.C., and in Minneapolis, Minn., according to the press release. The organization has about 450 members, about one third of whom are women.

There are alliance activity groups all across the country, including such cities as Boston, Mass., Cleveland, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pa., according to the press release.

Kevin Walsh '98, the treasurer of the Coalition for Life, said "when people think of pro-lifers, they usually think of Christians ... white, male Christians -- which I think is a dangerous stereotype."

Walsh said many people associate pro-lifers with one particular political and social viewpoint.

"In this speaker is the idea that the pro-life movement is more than people's images of it," he said.

Walsh said the discussion generated by Arcidi's visit could break some of the stereotypes surrounding the pro-life position and also promote a pro-life viewpoint that other groups may not have been exposed to.

Walsh said he encourages people to attend Arcidi's speech to "open their minds."