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Gay activist's biographer to speak


DANBURY -- Michael Schiavi, a professor at New York Institute of Technology, will discuss Vito Russo, a man who helped define gay rights and AIDS activism, on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The talk, in the Student Center theater on Western Connecticut State University's midtown campus, is free and open to the public

Russo was a journalist, author and founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He wrote of "The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies."

Schiavi wrote "Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo," which tells Russo's life story from his childhood in East Harlem to his living with HIV/AIDS.

Cineaste magazine said the biography, published in 2011 by University of Wisconsin Press, is "one of the most complex and compelling historical narratives of gay male life and culture in the later decades of the 20th century."

For more information, call 203-837-8062.


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