Future Gay Hero: Ryan Olson
BY Neal Broverman
December 19 2005 1:00 AM ET
Home: Spokane, Wash.
School: Gonzaga University
Leadership roles: President of HERO (Helping Educate
Regarding Orientation), a gay-straight alliance;
Gonzaga Student Body Association senator
Accomplishments: Raised funds to bring Judy Shepard
to speak at Gonzaga; gathered 450 signatures at
Gonzaga for a “Million for Marriage”
petition; organized the first LGBT dance at Gonzaga; subject
of an mtvU program about activists trying to overturn
Washington State’s Defense of Marriage Act
Hobbies: Soccer, racquetball, basketball, reading
Shakespeare, making and watching films, road trips,
educating others on social justice issues
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