Issues in Progress

President's Commission on Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Concerns

At its Jan. 13 meeting, the Commission discussed possibilities for a keynote speaker at the annual Pride Banquet scheduled for Monday, March 3.

Saralyn Chesnut, director of the Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Life, suggested Robin Shahar, an Emory law school graduate who for the past several years has been pursuing a lawsuit against Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers. Just prior to her graduation from law school, Shahar was initially offered a job in Bowers' office. When Bowers learned that Shahar was planning to marry her female partner, he withdrew the job offer, prompting Shahar to file suit.

Commission Co-chair Kevin Gele said the Pride Banquet Committee will contact Shahar about her availability to speak. If Shahar is not available, the committee will consider other local speakers.

Gele said that President Bill Chace has agreed to attend the banquet to present the Commission's undergraduate and graduate/professional student writing awards.

The Commission also discussed the nominating process for new members who will begin their terms next fall. Faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni interested in serving should contact Gele at 727-5910 or e-mail him at <>.

Gele also reported that the Commission's series of community coffeehouses begun last fall is going well. The next coffeehouse is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Connally House.

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building boardroom.

-Dan Treadaway

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