Metro Weekly

Ford's Holds Final Laramie-Related Panel

Monday forum will examine discrimination against LGBT people through performance and discussion

Ford’s Theatre Society will host an event addressing anti-LGBT discrimination Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at Ford’s Theatre.

The event, ”To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace: Envisioning a World Beyond Hate,” marks the final in a series of Monday-night panel discussions as part of Ford’s third annual Lincoln Legacy Project, this year centered on The Laramie Project and LGBT issues.

Monday’s discussion, moderated by BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner, a former political reporter for Metro Weekly, will be split into two areas: one exploring panelists’ experiences of discrimination, the other, focusing on the creation of safe spaces for LGBTQ youth. Youth poets from the D.C. group Split This Rock will perform two original pieces. Audience members will also opportunities to engage with participants.

Scheduled panelists include Kye Allums, the first openly transgender person to play NCAA Division I athletics; Jeremy Johnson, a re-enlisted sailor initially discharged under the military’s now defunct ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; and TJ Brown, a George Washington University student, member of the Naval Reserve Officers Trainings Corps (NROTC), and NROTC DC’s diversity coordinator. Panelists dealing with the creation of safe spaces will be Diana Bruce, the director of Health and Wellness for D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and Chris Obermeyer, a science teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School who coordinated the first DCPS Youth Pride event.

While tickets are offered at no cost, they may be reserved in person at the Ford’s Theatre box office, through Ticketmaster or on the Ford’s Theatre website. All tickets must be picked up by 6:45 p.m., Oct. 28, to guarantee admittance.

”To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace” begins at 7 p.m. at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Ticketmaster rates apply when using this service by calling 800-982-2787. Reserve online at

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at