CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will host a community dialogue on “Politics, Religion and LGBT Equality” Sept. 28 at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus.
Blitzer will be joined on stage by local businessman Mitchell Gold, a longtime advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. In 2008, he published the book, “Youth in Crisis: What Everyone Should Know About Growing Up Gay.”
Gold will serve as a panelist for the discussion, along with the Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, pastor of Clinton Tabernacle Church in Hickory, and the Rev. Dr. Jack McKinney, a Baptist minister and pastoral counselor who has served as pastor for a number of churches, including Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh from 2000 to 2009.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for the community,” Gold said. “It’s a time to talk about evolving attitudes and homosexuality in general. The panel has two ministers who have changed their attitudes over the years. This will be a time to open our hearts and minds.”
Blitzer was pivotal to CNN’s election coverage throughout America’s Choice 2012, serving as lead anchor on key primary nights, caucus nights and election night. He moderated three of CNN’s Republican presidential debates including the first-of-it-kind tea party debate.
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