Scott Pitt first became involved with LGBTQ rights in 1994 by starting his alma mater’s first LGBT student alliance which provided much needed peer and institutional support, education, and access to community resources. This started a lifetime of advocacy in both official and unofficial avenues.
His LGBTQ advocacy in higher education has centered around his involvement with the national program Safe Zone at three different institutions. He implemented the Safe Zone Program 6 years ago at Bluefield State College and is the Save Zone Coordinator/Trainer. He also serves as the chair of the BSC LGBTQ Advisory Committee and as the primary advisor for the LGBTQ student organization, the Big Blue Pride. He is a guest speaker for classes and student organizations; discussing the impact and importance of communities supporting diversity.
His LGBTQ advocacy in the community involves collaboration with and support of statewide and regional organizations. Most recently he has become involved with the Southern WV Rural Health Coalition which focuses on minority health disparities in rural Appalachia. In addition, he has begun attending online conferences and workshop trainings to better assist the underserved Appalachian transgender community. He enjoys building community by networking mentors to people in need and supporting regional LGBTQ Pride initiatives. Scott Pitt has been an Educational Outreach Counselor with Bluefield State College for the past 14 years. He works in the Academic Success Center assisting all students with a special focus on students in academic recovery. He is a professional artist and an avid motorcycle enthusiast.