Candace Gingrich-Jones spoke at West Virginia University Tuesday evening. She is an advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Gingrich-Jones is also the half sister of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
She spoke to the audience about her own "coming out" story, how she got to be an advocate, the election that occurred on November 6th, and how to the audience could get their own voices heard. She was hoping the audience took away a positive message.
"Some folks sitting in that audience are going to be future West Virginia congress people, and senators, and mayors of some cities here, and they have a responsibility to represent all people. So I look forward to them being in elected office someday," said Gingrich-Jones.
One audience member learned how everyone can make a difference.
"We can all be empowered; we can all use our voices, and use conversations. As she said you don't have to be chained to the fence on the front of the White House to make a difference. Just by having simple conversations with your friend and coming out as a straight ally and just saying you support these people is extremely beneficial" said Benjamin Seebaugh, a student at WVU.
After her speech Gingrich-Jones answered audience questions, and then everyone went to a reception where they could speak with her face to face.