GP Crush of the Week: Omar Lopez

Gay Place shines a spotlight on local LGBT rights activist Omar Lopez.

GP Crush of the Week: Omar Lopez
Associated Press Eric Gay

Omar Lopez is a one-man activism machine. He runs the Equality Now club at ACC, and has been an LGBT activist for years. He is inspirational, not just for his work ethic, but for his biiiiiiiiig…

…heart.

He was instrumental in organizing this week's Vigil In Purple event. If you were there, you might recognize him as the emcee. (We have a feeling we'll soon be featuring some of the other organizers, as well, but for now, the tip of the hat goes to Omar.)

Turns out, Omar was one of the first serviceman to try to re-enlist to the army following last week's ruling to basically end DADT. He was not successful, but he was smart enough to film his attempt guerrilla style.

Soon Omar and his story were everywhere. He released a call to arms on GetEqual.org and appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times and MSNBC.

The eagerness and vigilance of Omar and everyone else who attempted to re-enlist has paid off. Recruiters are now accepting applications from prospective and former LGBT servicemen and women.

Omar Lopez we salute you: The Gay Place Crush of the Week.

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Activism, Omar Lopez, Don't Ask Don't Tell, DADT, enlist, Wear purple, gay teen suicide, vigil, activist

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