Sunday, January 13, 2013

Catch-Up Minutes!


  • Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday
    • body outlines in blue tape representing the number of people who were killed in the last year due to hate crimes against trans* people
    • over the weekend: plan to flyer and finish body outlines
    • Angelica is doing a Trans101 workshop in the Aviation Room
  • It's been a year since DADT was repealed, so now academies have a lot of LGBT students
  • The talk on being genderqueer and Jewish talk tonight
  • We answered questions for a project that analyzed the way religion (specifically Christianity) and LGBT issues coincided at the 5Cs
    • some questions asked:
    • Is religion necessary?
    • Has anyone felt oppression from religious groups?
  • Supreme Court has agreed to take up 2 gay marriage cases from NY and Cali (Prop 8)
    • United States vs. Edith Windsor (from 1996)
      • trying to repeal DOMA
      • federal government will not withhold gay marriage (currently up to each state)
      • if DOMA fails, then no state can have anti gay marriage laws
    • Decisions will come out in June 2013
  • CA has passed a law to ban conversion therapy (an attempt to "cure" homosexuality) for minors 
    • main argument against law is that it violates therapists' free speech
    • most find this "therapy" invalid since homosexuality was removed from the DSM in the 70s
  • Queer Burlesque - talk about how it went
  • What events should we throw next semester? Still lots of money!
    • big welcome back event?
  • Univ. of Iowa added a question on its application about being LGBT
    • specifically: "Do you identify with the LGBTQ community?" 
      • does this include allies?
    • Elmhurst College had this on their application at one point too
    • use it for giving students information about campus groups/housing
    • when will Mudd start asking this as well?
      • we should start reporting statistics in our literature and brochures
      • always say we are very queer friendly, but don't advertise it
    • will it be used to fulfill a diversity quota?
    • Affirmative action? Thoughts?
      • necessary. not the best solution but best we have
      • need small community at a school to attract others from that community
      • LGBTQ will be treated similarly soon?
    • Iowa recently passed gay marriage
  • Boeing, which has offices in a state that just passed gay marriage (Seattle, WA?), refuses to extend benefits to same sex couples :(

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