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Newsmaker: Vanessa Davis

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:24 p.m.
Vanessa Davis, director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Vanessa Davis, director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Noteworthy: Davis has started a fundraiser for the annual Pittsburgh Youth Pride Prom. Slated for June 7 at the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore, the annual gathering provides a safe environment for the region's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teenagers. A key organizer of the dance, Davis hopes to collect $12,000 to defray costs for the teens. Donations may be made to the Pittsburgh chapter of the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Age: 34

Residence: Regent Square

Family: Husband Zachary, 29.

Occupation: Director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the nonprofit Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Buffalo; Master of Science in biomedical anthropology from Binghamton University in New York.

Background: Before arriving at the nonprofit, Davis was an educator who helped New York social workers understand gay and lesbian youngsters.

Quote: β€œThe proms are really important to the youths in the Pittsburgh region. While high schools increasingly allow students with same-sex dates to attend their events, many students still don't feel comfortable β€” or safe β€” doing that.”

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