LGBTQ Presentation Scheduled At NDSU

Allen Keiswetter, parent of a transgender son and past president of the Metro D.C. chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, is scheduled to give an LGBTQ presentation on Thursday, April 4, at noon in NDSU’s Construction Management and Engineering auditorium.

Keiswetter led the Metro D.C. chapter, which has more than 1,000 members, from 2004-08. He also has been active in the organization’s Straight for Equality program that offers corporations and government agencies training on LGBTQ issues in the workplace. His wife, Gerda, has been actively involved in support groups, especially on transgender issues.

Keiswetter will share his family’s story and offer ideas for discussion. Depending on the size of the audience and time, he will do a short exercise to demonstrate the difficulties of being closeted.

Guest parking is available in the visitor’s lot north of the Construction Management and Engineering building. Special needs requests or questions can be directed to Dennis Cooley at or 701-231-7038.

The presentation is sponsored by NDSU’s Northern Plains Ethics Institute and  Diversity Initiatives Grant.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.