Check out this “panel” discussion at the upcoming LGBT Bar Association meeting – you’ll note that the panel is full of gay administrations, and pro-Obama apologists, and the description – well – sounds like the White House wrote it:
Every year, the sharpest legal minds in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community gather at the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual conference and career fair.
Hundreds of practicing attorneys, dozens of scholars, over 500 students and many leading members of the judiciary are expected to attend over the course of
this year’s events.
Friday, August 27, 2010 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Real Change: LGBT Issues and the Administration
Legal advocates with a keen eye on the executive branch see meaningful regulatory change within the Administration, notwithstanding concerns over the pace of change presented by certain LGBT activists and bloggers. [emphasis added] How will the progress that has been made affect the legal profession and the LGBT community? HUD is undertaking the federal government’s first study on anti-gay discrimination in housing; HHS has directed federal grantees to allow hospital visitation rights for same sex couples and granted $900k to create the first and only national resource center on LGBT aging; the Justice Department has declared that Violence Against Women Act applies to same-sex couples; the Office of Personnel Management has made available certain benefits to the same sex partners of federal employees; and the Labor Department has interpreted the Family and Medical Leave Act to allow a caregiver to take leave to care for a child irrespective of their biological or legal relationship. The HIV travel ban has been lifted and federal law now prohibits hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, but what do these legislative accomplishments mean for our community? What are the prospects for other LGBT legislative priorities? What else does the LGBT community want from the Administration?
Moderator: David Lat
Speakers: Matt Nosanchuk, Paul Smith, Courtney Joslin, Elaine Kaplan, Jon Davidson, Tobias Barrington Wolff
I was fortunate enough to find a preview of one of the questions the LGBT Bar Association plans on asking the Obama administration panelists – you can watch it here.