Our Fund will partner with Lambda Legal on Nov. 12 to present: “Lambda Legal’s LGBTQ Playbook in the Time of Trump.”
Our Fund is considered one of the largest LGBT foundations in the country, donating over $1.5 million annually to local LGBT non-profits. Every fall it hosts a community conversation on topics of national and international importance, known as the Leadership Forum.
This year, the organization is partnering with Lambda Legal, a nonprofit committed to defending the civil rights of the LGBT population and those living with HIV. Together, they will host a forum on the current state of LGBT rights in this country, as well as the current administration’s attempt to rollback progress made in recent decades.
Lambda Legal’s history includes decades of landmark cases, including Henry v. Hodges of 2014 which helped legalize marriage equality nationwide. Its current docket includes cases that address gender markings on birth certificates, as well as procuring documents on the track record of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s discrimination against LGBT families.
The moderator for the discussion will be attorney Sharon McGowen. She is the legal director of Lambda Legal, a Harvard Law School graduate, and a former attorney for the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and AIDS project.
Having served in the Obama administration, McGowen works with the many attorneys at Lambda Legal to stop the Trump administration’s current rollback of LGBT rights.
The forum will address upcoming legal cases in which the LGBT population may face discrimination. Topics include transgender rights, employment protections, religious justifications for discrimination, and marriage equality.
This forum takes place at the NSU Art Museum, in the Horowitz auditorium, on Nov. 12. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the discussion. The Museum of Art is located on One East, Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at the Our Fund website: Our-fund.org/forum2018.