The President’s Commission on the Status
of LGBT Concerns will sponsor a same-sex domestic partner benefits
information session Thursday, Oct. 30, at noon in room 355 of the
Dobbs Center. The details of that event were outlined at the commission’s
latest meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 21, in 400 Administration.
Policies and procedures chair Kathy McKee said a Human Resources
(HR) staff member will facilitate the session for faculty and staff
interested in HR’s domestic partner benefits program. She
invited prospective attendees to e-mail commission chair Jeff Martin
with questions and ideas for discussion. The deadline to submit
questions is Tuesday, Oct. 28.
In other commission business, the Pride Banquet committee sketched
out plans to start a grass-roots fundraising campaign to help cover
some of the costs of what historically has been the commission’s
most expensive activity each year. The plan is to contact former
commission members, LGBT alumni and other commission allies for
donations. In return, donors could receive banquet tickets and/or
be noted on a donor list that would be incorporated into the event’s
program. The 2004 Pride Banquet is scheduled for March 18 in Miller-Ward
Alumni House and will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
The commission budgeted $500 for advertising in the fall semester.
The core of this money will go toward print ads related to the commission’s
essay contest. The commission also donated $250 to help cover costs
for the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam’s
appearance at Glenn Auditorium, Nov. 19. Primarily sponsored by
the student newsmagazine The Fire This Time, the event
features dramatic poetry readings by a predominantly African American
cast. Marcus Thomas from The Fire This Time said all three president’s
commissions were approached for co-sponsorship; he asked for $250
from each. Including the commissions, 25 campus organizations are
co-sponsoring the event. The donation was approved unanimously.
The creation of a standing fund from which students, faculty or
staff could draw in order to cover travel expenses and other costs
related to LGBT conferences, presentations and the like was discussed.
It was resolved that a proposal to create such a fund be written
and presented to the commission at an upcoming meeting.
Nomination and outreach chair Nathan Woodling gave a review of this
month’s AIDS Walk and discussed volunteer opportunities for
commission members. He said Volunteer Emory (VE) has a standing
service trip to Project Open Hand on Friday afternoons, and that
commission members could take part. Anyone interested in taking
contact VE service trip leader Andrew Wilson at email@example.com.
LGBT studies chair Bill Gilders said a draft report on the state
of LGBT studies prepared by former commission chair Mark Jordan,
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion, soon would be making the
rounds for review and comment. Emory College Dean Bobby Paul had
asked Jordan to prepare the report to begin the effort to introduce
LGBT studies to the college curriculum.
As with the University’s other governing bodies, the commission
has been asked to comment on the draft Vision Statement prepared
by President Jim Wagner. Chair-elect Cathi Wentworth, who led the
meeting, said commission members could provide their comments by
e-mail and that they would be compiled for submission to Wagner.
The next LGBT commission meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18,
in 400 Administration.
If you have a question or concern for LGBT send e-mail to chair
Jeff Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.