I’m handing over my blog this week to the leadership of Lambda!
HLS Lambda, the Law School’s LGBTQ student organization, recently had the opportunity to partner with our colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School to host the inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard. We brought together a range of speakers, including academics, activists, athletes, community leaders, lawyers, students, and veterans; reflected on the tremendous progress that has been made in the movement for LGBTQ equality since Stonewall; and contemplated the important issues still to be addressed over the coming years. Not only did we enjoy hearing about such legal issues as religious exemptions to LGBTQ laws from the ACLU’s James Esseks and the experience of the plaintiff from the seminal EEOC case on trans* discrimination, Macy v. Holder, but we were able to hear Caitlin Cahow discuss LGBTQ issues in sports just days before she left to be part of the U.S. delegation to Sochi.
One of the many highlights of the conference was the “ideation sessions,” where we engaged in facilitated discussions aimed toward developing practicable solutions to pressing problems facing the LGBTQ population, which participants could then put into practice in their own communities. It was a great opportunity to meet the over 400 attendees, who ranged from West Point cadets to an Argentinean LGBT rights activist. Shane’s group is still in contact via a Facebook group a member of his session started! We left the conference with a sense of empowerment and hope for continued progress in the cause, and are already looking forward to next year’s second edition!
John Dey, ’14, and Shane Hunt, ’15
Co-Presidents, HLS Lambda
HLS Lambda would like to give special thanks to conference co-chairs Ma’ayan Anafi (J.D. ’15), A.J. Lee (MPA ’14), and Ana Mendy (MBA ’14), and the entire conference committee, for their outstanding work in organizing this first-of-its-kind event. For more information about HLS Lambda, please visit our website or contact co-presidents Shane Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Dey (email@example.com).