This conference is co-sponsored by the UNC Lambda Law Students Association. It will bring together legal scholars, practitioners, activists, community members and academics from other fields. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the LGBTQ movement created by the same-sex marriage debate and chart a path forward for the movement and its allies.
Our preliminary program consists of four panels (the titles are still tentative, and may go through slight variations as we confirm our list of participants). The first two panels will examine marriage equality and partner recognition, families and relationships; the afternoon panels will focus on several other struggles. Each set of panels will be introduced by a keynote speaker or pair of speakers framing the issues.
The panels are:
1. Marriage and Partner Recognition- This panel will consider the state of the movement for marriage equality in light of recent court decisions, ballot initiatives and legislation. Panelists will discuss the current state of the law, as well as strategies for advancing the movement. Speakers will also be asked to consider critically the question of whether and how struggling for equal marriage rights is the optimal way to advance the liberty and equality interests of LGBTQ people.
2. Children and Parenting- This panel will focus on the legal and social challenges facing LGBTQ parents and children. The panel will examine legal issues related to childbirth and adoption as well as perspectives of children growing up in a household with same-gender parents.
3. Violence and the State- This panel will look at possible tensions between demands for protection by the state from hate crimes and partner violence and the violence perpetrated by the state against LGBTQ people through the criminal justice system. The panel will focus on youth in schools and prisons as a lens to examine this question.
4.Intersections- This panel will look at whether and how the LGBTQ movement can be strengthened through work with other movements. The panel will examine LGBTQ struggles in the context of race and class, with a particular focus on the movement for the treatment and prevention of HIV along with the issue of immigration.