News Update, 3/1

1) Guyanese activists mount court challenge to ‘cross-dressing’ ban

On Friday, February 19, 2010, the notice of motion was filed before the Supreme Court of Judicature for redress claiming, among other relief, to have section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, Chapter 8:02, invalidated as irrational, discriminatory, undemocratic, contrary to the rule of law and unconstitutional. The law makes an offence of “being a man, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in female attire, or being a woman, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in male attire.”
February 20, 2010, marks the second annual commemoration of World Day of Social Justice, which recognizes, in the words of United Nations General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/62/10), that “social development and social justice cannot be attained… in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”


2) Time to Register for the Conference! Also, We need Spanish translators and places for people to crash!

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.
Click on “Conference” above 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!

If you have an extra couch or something, we have law students coming from all over who could use a place to crash.

3) Last chance for LGBT summer scholarships: HLS and HGLC

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus
$5000 PUBLIC SERVICE FELLOWSHIP
SUMMER 2010
SEE DETAILS ON THE OPEN GATE WEBSITE

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HLS GLBT Alumni Comittee funding, which makes up the difference between SPIF and the summer funding cap, is due March 5.

4) LGBT State Senate candidate seeking volunteers

Interested in working on a local election campaign? Councilor Denise Simmons is running for State Senate. The primary is April 13.
Neal Alpert
Campaign Manager
Denise Simmons For State Senate
www.simmonsforsenatema.org
C: (508) 380-8830


5) Penn reaching out to gay undergrads

News Update, 2/22

NEWS

1) Host an admitted student

When you were an admitted student, you probably came to one (or both) of the Admitted Students Weekends. You might have even crashed at a student’s home. You might even have stayed with a member of Lambda! Well, now is your chance to give back – this March 6, we have a few LGBT admitted students who are interested in staying with Lambda members. Does anyone have extra space to host a future Lambda member? Email me! rrrickard@gmail.com


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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 harvardlambda.org/ 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) Last chance for LGBT summer scholarships: HLS and HGLC

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus
$5000 PUBLIC SERVICE FELLOWSHIP
SUMMER 2010
SEE DETAILS ON THE OPEN GATE WEBSITE AT
http://hglc.org/opengate/fellowship.html
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HLS GLBT Alumni Comittee funding, which makes up the difference between SPIF and the summer funding cap, is due March 5. Check out harvardlambda.org for more info.


4) Virginia governor takes away anti-bias protections for gay state workers

State workers in Virginia are no longer specifically protected from bias based on sexual orientation, under an executive order signed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The governor’s Feb. 5 order lists protections for workers based on race, sex, religion and age. McDonnell’s two Democratic predecessors signed orders with anti-bias provisions for gay and lesbian workers.


5) Marriage update:  5 Mexican states to fight marriage-equality law in supreme court

6) LGBT officials gain insights via Kennedy School program
The midcareer fellowship for government officials at Harvard’s Kennedy School in conjunction with the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute has grown from three LGBT fellows in 2002 to 16 last year, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the David Bohnett Foundation.