October 15, 2003
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.- Danny Roberts, gay rights activist and former cast member of "The Real World: New Orleans" on MTV, will speak on "Real World, Real Life, Real Issues" in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. His talk, sponsored by the Amherst College Pride Alliance as part of Coming Out Week, is free and open to the public.
During his season on MTV, Roberts openly discussed his sexuality and relationship he was having with a military officer. His boyfriend, a captain in the U.S. Army, came to visit him on the reality television show, but his identity had to be hidden in order to prevent his being arrested as a military officer having homosexual relations.
Roberts now lectures regularly on college campuses and sponsors a Web site that encourages communication among young gay people throughout the country. He recently appeared on "Dawson's Creek" and "The Real World Road/Rules Challenge."