Helen Harrell – Co-founder, Former Show Anchor of bloomingOUT, Writer, Lecturer, Correspondent and Activist
Helen Harrell is a long-time activist for social justice. She is a former clinical therapist, pre-school teacher, construction worker, union organizer, and co-founder of Bloomington chapter of Pride at Work. She is co-founder and former President of Spencer PFLAG chapter, co-founder of Spencer Pride and is a workshop presenter, free-lance writer, columnist, and lecturer. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and was working toward a PhD when she left to live the communal life for a few years. Upon returning to “civilization” she became an employee of Indiana University, working at various levels of Administrative and Fiscal Management, first in political science, and then speech communication departments, and is currently affiliated with the African Studies Program. She was the advisor for the undergraduate LGBTQ student group OUT for 17 years, and served as co-advisor for the American Indian Undergraduate and Native American Graduate Student groups. She has been a member of the Advisory Board for the GLBT Student Support Services Office at IUB since its inception. She served as co-chair of the Community Friends and Resource Network with the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center and served a term as treasurer of the Bloomington Black Business and Professional Association. She is also last, but not least a mother and grandmother who considers herself to be most fortunate to have had the opportunity in working with WFHB and the bloomingOUT staff with the challenge of educating and illuminating the public in regard to LGBTQ issues. Her goal is and has always been to eliminate discrimination in any form and to help create a truly just society and world. Her efforts have been recognized by the City of Bloomington as recipient of the 2009 Bloomington Human Rights Commission Award and by WFHB as recipient of their 2010-11 Legacy Award.