Sunday, January 30, 2011

1st OUTlaw meeting of Spring 2011

OUTlaw will be holding our first meeting of the semester on Thursday, February 3rd at noon in room 1. Please see the previous meeting post for an abbreviated agenda.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Beaten to Death

Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times reports that David Kato, a Ugandan Gay Rights activist was beaten to death with a hammer on Wednesday afternoon. Read the full New York Time article here.

The Advocate reports 56% of NY voters want marriage equality

Check out The Advocate's article here, as reported by Michelle Garcia.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Spring Semester: First OUTlaw Meeting

The first OUTlaw meeting of the semester will be on Thursday, February 3 at noon. The room is TBD and will be posted as soon as the information becomes available. We have lots to talk about at this meeting including some of the items listed below:

Partnership with OUTnow
Anti-Gay activism in Springfield
Mass LGBTQ Bar Association: Mentor Program and Scholarships
2012 Williams Moot Court
Lavender Law 2011
Spring Fundraiser
T-Shirt Sale

Hope to see you all there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Six Montana Couples Seek Recognition

The ACLU is representing six couples seeking legal protections for their relationships and their families in Montana today. Check out the article by The Advocate.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Webinar: How to Create a Safe and Welcoming Campus

Please email if you are interested in attending the webinar.
When & Where
Wednesday, February 16th – 2:00-3:30pm
The Bears Den, Campus Center (May change if attendance is high, notification will go out.) 
Webinar Description
PaperClip Communications Presents
LGBTQ Students: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Campus
According to recent reports, LGBTQ students on campus may find the campus environment to be less than welcoming – an environment that may discourage them from succeeding at all levels of the institution. Even putting them at risk for failure.
Within this year alone we have seen a number of national stories related to bullying, discrimination and unfortunately, suicide, in relation to LGBTQ individuals on U.S. college campuses.
LGBTQ community members are a part of the academic tapestry and diversity of higher education -- as students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumnae, and community volunteers.   
Academia can address the emerging issues and concerns impacting LGBTQ people within institutions of higher education

Earlier in the academic year, the most comprehensive national report on the LGBTQ experience on U.S. campuses was released --- “The State of Higher Education for LGBT People”.

Join our presenters as they share the current landscape of today's LGBTQ campus experience and help you identify specific strategies  - short-term and long-term changes your campus can adapt and implement to address the needs of your LGBTQ population.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mentor Reception: TODAY

The mentor program between WNEC OUTlaw and the Western Mass Committee of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association is today from 5-7 in the law school commons. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

MA LGBTQ Bar Association & OUTlaw Mentor Program

The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and WNEC OUTlaw have teamed up to start mentor program. We will be kicking off the program with a reception at the Law School Commons on Thursday, January 20th from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. Please email Erika Scibelli at for more information.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spring 2011

Spring semester starts Wednesday, January 12th. Stay tuned for information regarding the first OUTlaw event of the semester.