Symposium: The State of LGBT Rights: Ohio, America, and the World

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The Symposium was held on October 30, 2009. One can access video recordings of the symposium, handouts and a bibliography of LGBT Rights links and books, from this site.

The Program was presented by: The Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, CSU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, CSU Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services, the Cleveland-Marshall Allies student organization and the Ohio ACLU.

Additional support provided by: American Constitutional Society for Law and Politics Cleveland State Chapter, Cleveland State Law Review, Cleveland-Marshall Law Library, Black Students Law Association (BLSA), Student Bar Association and Women’s Law Students Association.

Symposium Handouts 

Main Packet
Cleveland/s Declaration of Domestic Partnership Form
ACLU Letter to Louisville HS on Same-Sex Couple attending Prom

HRC Status of U.S. Law Maps:




Resources for Further Research

Symposium Video

Speaker Biographies



1:00 - 1:10 p.m.

Welcome & Introduction

Geoffrey Mearns, Dean, Cleveland State University, Cleveland- Marshall College of Law (bio)

1:10 - 2:40 p.m.

National Perspective

Susan Becker, law professor, Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (bio)
Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney, Midwest Lambda Legal (bio)
Sarah Warbelow, state legislative director, Human Rights Campaign (bio)

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

State and Local Perspectives

Carrie Davis, staff attorney, ACLU of Ohio (bio)
Lynn Bowman, executive director, Equality Ohio (bio)
Susan Doerfer, executive director, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland (bio)
Joe Cimperman, city council member, Cleveland (bio)


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

International Perspective

Paula Ettelbrick, immediate past executive director, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (bio)


SA, 10/2009, links checked 8/5/2011 sa

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