Tim Zaal and Matthew Boger will share their message of redemption and tolerance during a presentation of “Hate 2 Hope” on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The event is free and is open to the public.
Twenty-six years after Boger, a gay, homeless teenager, was nearly beaten to death by Zaal, a now-reformed skinhead, the two men connected at the Tolerance Museum in Los Angeles, where they were both scheduled as guest speakers. As the two talked about their experiences in West Hollywood in the 1980s, Boger and Zaal realized their paths crossed nearly three decades ago.
They now travel the country talking with audiences about their experiences, and they give a monthly presentation at the Museum of Tolerance. Their story of forgiveness and redemption has been featured on “20/20” and NPR, and a 10-minute documentary is available on their You-Tube channel at youtube.com/TheUnlikelyAllies.
The “Hate 2 Hope” presentation is sponsored by MCCC’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science Association, SFLAG, and Student Government Association. For information, call 610-718-1973.