Quest for understanding comes to campus Oct. 7

Jamiel Terry grew up as the adopted son of one of America’s most outspoken opponents of abortion and homosexuality.

Termed “a child of movement royalty” by the Washington Post, Jamiel was even an active supporter of his father, Randall Terry, and his Operation Rescue. That ended when Jamiel revealed he was gay in a 2004 magazine article.

Jamiel Terry brings his personal story and his “new approach to gay activism” to Penn State Harrisburg’s Gallery Lounge at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. The presentation, hosted by the Multicultural Academic Excellence Program and funded by the Student Activity Fee, is free and open to the public.

When the article appeared in Out magazine, Randall Terry responded by writing an op-ed, sharply criticizing his son and saying, “he’s no longer welcome in my home.” Jamiel’s sister Tila also is estranged from her father since she had a child out of wedlock.

From that point, Jamiel’s goal has been to help build an America where the Constitution is truly applicable to all, and all are allowed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He understands that many religious fundamentalists cannot accept homosexuality as moral, and he does not desire to change their beliefs. His goal is to educate others and live his life in such a way that shows that we can live side by side in peace and harmony.

As one of Out magazine’s top “100 most Intriguing Gays,” Jamiel now tours the nation, speaking to college and university audiences with his story of growing up the son of one of America’s leading anti-gay activists. He speaks on reconciling homosexuality and religion and why marriage is important for the homosexual community.

Last Updated October 06, 2009