Founder of HeartStrong speaking in Columbus

Marc Adams, Lambda Literary Award finalist and Silver Pen Award recipient for his autobiography, "The Preacher’s Son," will be speaking in Columbus this weekend at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus.

The first event is a public lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fellowship, 1442 Double Churches Road. He will then be the main speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

Adams will share some of his life’s story as well as introduce HeartStrong, Inc., the non-profit organization he co-founded more than a decade ago. HeartStrong, Inc., is a non-profit educational organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students of religious schools, colleges, and universities. HeartStrong has provided hope and help to GLBT students who have endured faith-based anti-GLBT bullying in religious schools around the world since 1996, according to a media release.

"The Preacher’s Son" chronicles Adams' life growing up gay as the son of a fundamentalist Baptist minister in rural Pennsylvania where he said he endured a childhood of physical, emotional and spiritual abuse. He went on to attend, by choice, Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University where he also was employed for more than three years in the student recruiting/university relations department.

All of Adams' books and resources will be available for purchase. For more information about Marc Adams, see www.meetmarcadams.com.