Ruthie Alcaide of MTV’s “The Real World: Hawaii” will bring her story of overcoming alcohol abuse; life in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community; and diversity to the Haymarket Theatre in Squires Student Center on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

As a cast member of “The Real World: Hawaii” in 1999, Alcaide made a name for herself as a hard-drinking party girl, which culminated in her housemates threatening her with eviction if she did not enter an alcohol treatment program. Now sober, Alcaide tours college campuses across the nation to discuss her struggles with alcohol and how she fought back, as well as what it has meant to her to be a member of two minority communities as a bisexual woman and an American of Filipino descent.

Free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.

Alcaide’s appearance is sponsored by Virginia Tech Union and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Alliance, and is a part of Virginia Tech’s Pride Week, which runs Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6. For more information on Pride week, visit the Multicultural Programs and Services website.

Virginia Tech Union is a student-run organization advised by Student Centers and Activities, a department in the Division of Student Affairs. Membership in Virginia Tech Union is free and open to all Virginia Tech students. There are 10 committees: alternative sounds, concerts, films, graphic design, house and hospitality, lively arts, public relations, speakers, special events, and Web design. Visit the office in Squires Student Center for more information on becoming a member.

The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Alliance is a student organization advised by the office of Multicultural Programs and Services, also within the Division of Student Affairs. The organization’s mission is to promote an environment of equality, understanding, and harmony for people of all sexual orientations, sexualities, gender identities and expressions by providing a LGBT Resource Center and campus-wide programs to increase awareness, community visibility, and support.



Written by Jennifer Gibson.

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