Battles Ahead in the Courts, Community, and Classroom
With public support for legalizing marriage between gay and lesbian
couples soaring to 58 percent in recent polls, up from less than 40
percent eight years ago,
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mulling whether to strike down California's Prop 8 and Defense of
Marriage Act restrictions, America has clearly reached a watershed
moment on LGBTQ rights.
Still, marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman in at
least 38 states, and 32 states have added amendments to their
constitutions banning same-sex unions, while bullying of LGBTQ students
is reportedly on the rise
the nation's schools. Much work remains to be done.
Panelists at the upcoming ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter bimonthly
public forum on Tuesday, May 14, will recount the battle for LGBTQ
rights in our community, discuss the impact discrimination and abuse has
on students in local schools -- especially for youth of color, and
outline legal challenges ahead.
Panelists will include long-time activist Carl Matthes, President of the
30-year-old Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA); author and professor
Sikivu Hutchinson; and ACLU-Southern California Deputy Executive
Director James Gilliam.
"Queer youth of color are especially vulnerable to becoming homeless,"
observes Sikivu Huchinson. "Family economic instability, sexual abuse,
religious dogma, discrimination at school and in local neighborhoods
often precipitate homelessness amongst African American queer youth."
What: ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Public Forum
When: Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena
The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Sharon
Kyle, Communications Chair, ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter,
aclupasadena@yahoo or 213.434.4643.
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From: Rody Stephenson <rodys@...
To: Dick Price and Sharon Kyle <dick_and_sharon@...
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:01 AM
Subject: ACLU meeting tonight?
Is there a meeting tonight? What is the topic?
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