Future Gay Hero: Ryan Olson

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com December 19 2005 1:00 AM ET

Age: 22

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