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Rob Smith

New York, USA

Iraq War Veteran and 'America's Favorite Black, Gay Republican'

Author, "Confessions of a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and the War in Iraq"

Journalist and Political Commentator

“It was one of the most insightful and controversial conversations I have been able to be a part of on campus so far, and I absolutely loved it!” – University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Rob Smith Speaker Profile:

A decorated Iraq War Veteran, Rob Smith served for five years in the United States Army, including two tours in the Middle East. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

An activist in the movement to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law which barred open service by LGBT soldiers, he was recently the subject of a Daily Mail profile in which he ‘came out’ as a conservative in response to the ‘outrage culture’ of the left, and created a video in which he details his #WalkAway moment from the Democratic party which has been viewed over 275,000 times via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

As a political commentator, he has been seen on NBC News, CNN, Huffpost Live, Arise Television, HLN, BoldTV, and more. He has spoken about politics and current events at Yale University, Google, Deutsche Bank, Vanderbilt University, and dozens of other colleges, universities, and companies across America.

He holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

For availability and speaker fees, please contact Rob Smith’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

Our Comment

"Rob has spoken about coming out, military service, diversity, and the ongoing fight for LGBT rights, with an engaging, bright, and powerful presence. His inspiring story of battling and overcoming prejudices has touched the hearts of many, as he communicates in a way where people can relate and learn from his experiences."

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