During the Spring 2010 semester, our OUTlaw student organization (which provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, staff and faculty) planned many informational and social events.   One of which was held on Tuesday, April 13th, event was entitled: “Queer in America”, held in the East Foyer of Albany Law School.  The event was more of a conversation, rather than a symposium, where members of Albany Law School’s administration and faculty discussed their views on various issues affecting the LBGTQ community.  Click Here for a list of presenters.  The theme of the event was to discuss the past, present, and future of LGBTQ rights in the United States and in the legal community.  Various issues discussed include: how law school and the legal profession has changed in the past decade; experiences with LGBT clients or claims of action; a discussion where two panelists discussed their experience in coming out of the closet at work and in college; and general employment in the LGBT arena.  Over 35 people from the law school and Albany community attended the event. 

This BLOG post was submitted by the student president of OUTlaw: Patrick Harkins, ’10, contact Patrick, pharkins@albanylaw.edu

On Saturday, April 24th, OUTlaw students hosted Albany Law School’s inaugural, A “Drag” of a Night Event in our Gymnasium.   Over 40 people attended this ground breaking social event and reception from 7:30pm – 11pm.  The drag artists were: Jahyra Chanel, Kandi Kiss, and Mallissa Capri, with DJ Avery Matthews playing music until 11pm.  They performed numerous show-stopping numbers, danced with law students and local members of the Albany community, and took questions from the audience about their costumes and performance preparation. 
Overall, it was a successful event that will hopefully be repeated next year.

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