Emory student attends White House LGBT summit

By Beverly Clark | Emory Report | Oct. 9, 2012

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Dohyun Ahn (right) with Vice President Joe Biden (center) and emerging young leaders of the LGBT community. Courtesy of the White House.

Emory University junior Dohyun Ahn recently attended the White House LGBT Emerging Leaders Event for a day of networking and information sharing on national policy initiatives affecting the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) communities.

The Sept. 19, invitation-only event brought together several members of next generation of LGBT leaders, aged 18 to 30, from across the country. The summit included an East Wing White House tour, policy roundtable, networking with major national LGBT organizations and dinner at the residence of Vice President Joe Biden.

Ahn, co-president of Emory Pride, was nominated for the summit by Michael Shutt, director of Emory's Office of LGBT Life. Ahn is a double major in classics and women's, gender and sexualities studies in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

"It was an inspirational and an empowering day. The vice president commended us for our courage to do the work we do, forging a path forward," Ahn says. "I was honored to attend and I am very grateful to Michael Shutt and Emory University for giving me the space and resources to develop as a leader in the LGBT community."