Gay Rights and the Politics of 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue
Admission: $8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID
Efforts to overcome discrimination based on sexual orientation have been part of a more generalized agenda of civil rights. These efforts have been played out in the streets, in major institutions, and in the courts. What do the politics of statewide elections and the presidential race of 2008 tell us about efforts to remedy the effects of discrimination on gays, lesbians and transgendered individuals?
We have invited speakers who have dealt with issues of marriage and the family, employment, health and well-being to assess electoral politics and the interests of a gay constituency.
Moderator, Christopher Atamian, writer, producer, filmmaker and President of the Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association – New York, will be joined by Judith Stacey, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Sociology Department, NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and author of In the Name of the Family: rethinking family values in the postmodern age; Shannon Minter, legal director of The National Center for Gay Rights; and Richard Goldstein, journalist and author of The Attack Queers: Liberal Society and the Gay Right.
Sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs in partnership with the Alliant International University’s Rockway Institute for Science and LGBT Public Policy
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