News Update: LGBT advising and more


1) Advising Appointments with Lambda Legal and NYLAG

Natalie Chin from Lambda Legal and Virginia Goggin from NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) have graciously volunteered to conduct one-on-one advising and informational interview sessions with interested students between 3:30 and 5pm on Wednesday 2/17. There are only a few slots, and they’re filling up fast, so stop by the OPIA office or email today to schedule an appointment.

2) Time to Register for the Conference! Also, We need Spanish translators!

HLS Lambda is only in its 5th year of putting on a queer legal advocacy conference, and each year we try to top the previous years. This year is going to be an amazing two-day extravaganza of international LGBT rights and activism. Panelists are coming from literally all over the world to speak on criminal law, constitutional law, family law, refugee law, and more.
Check out to see the panels and breakout sessions, and most importantly, to register for the conference. We have a tight budget this year, and limited space for all of the meals.

Also, we are desperately seeking some Spanish speakers who would be willing to help with some translation throughout the conference. Basically the task is to be part of a team of people switching off to follow around a pair of people – one of the lawyers arguing the marriage case in Argentina and the other a trans, indigenous rights activist from Argentina.  Should be really interesting!

3) Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Update

More US Senators are supporting the Pentagon’s review of the DADT policy: DC Agenda
Meanwhile, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows that 75% of Americans support allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

4) LGBT politicians

Gordon Fox, first out Speaker of Rhode Island.
Annise Parker, out mayor of Houston.

5) Update on Gill v. OPM, GLAD’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act
Procedure update
One of the plaintiff couples
Background on the case

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