The President’s Commission on LGBT Concerns
reviewed its successful Pride banquet from earlier this month at
its latest meeting, Tuesday, March 18 in 400 Administration.
A total of 80 people attended the Pride banquet, and they heard
a keynote address by Decatur Commissioner Kecia Cunningham. Cunningham
is the first openly lesbian, African American woman to hold elected
office in Georgia.
Other campus events reviewed by the commission included the “Diversity
as Value Added” symposium and the presentation of a letter
to the University Senate (signed by all three president’s
commissions) supporting an Employee Council motion to suspend Emory’s
pre-employment drug-testing policy.
Oxford representative Cathi Wentworth discussed “The Laramie
Project,” a two-day event at Oxford, Feb. 28–March 1,
centered around a play based on reactions to the 1998 murder of
Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. The
hate crime also spawned a cable movie of the same name.
In addition to the play, activities surrounding the Oxford project
included a panel discussion, a videotaping project where students
asked residents of Conyers and Covington their views on homosexuality
and hate crimes, and the mixed-media art exhibit, “Art and
President’s Commission on the Status of Women liaison Jill
Clark discussed her commission’s draft report on sexual harassment
on campus, and LGBT Chair Kathy McKee lauded the effort for its
thoroughness as well as the fact that it acknowledged that harassment
is not exclusively male-to-female.
Commission member Debbie Isenberg said she is updating the commission’s
listserv. One issue is that past members wanted to remain on the
commission listserv even though they had rotated off, but the commission
voted to keep the listserv for current members only. Other announcements
could be relayed to a general LGBT listserv originating from the
Office of LGBT Life.
One final IT issue was the fact that the commission’s LearnLink
conference was restricted. All commission members should have access;
currently, they do not. Isenberg said she would work the issue.
McKee asked for volunteers to work the Employee Council Information
Fair coming up in April. She said she hoped to have printed a new
brochure advertising the commission ready for distribution, as well
as a display banner.
The next LGBT meeting will be held Tuesday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m.
in 400 Administration.
have a question or concern for LGBT, e-mail chair Kathy McKee at