Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Law school meeting tackles gay suicide, bullying

College campuses across the nation are holding events in response to the recent string of suicides and bullying incidents involving students who are LGBT. Here at U of L, more than 100 students attended a vigil at the Red Barn, and the university's president, James Ramsey, sent out an email yesterday praising the event and encouraging people to review the school's diversity policy. All of this is fine and good, but it doesn't guarantee that something similar won't happen here. The key, at least in my opinion, is to maintain an atmosphere where this type of activity won't happen. That's easier said than done. Louisville does a pretty good job of that, at least compared to the rest of the state and the region. We have a local ordinance that addresses sexual discrimination and gay rights, and an active group called the Fairness Campaign that backs it up.
The law school also does a good job of promoting equality and tolerance. I have attended events at the school about transgender issues, military recruiting, and other gender- and sex-related topics. Additionally, this afternoon, the law school will host a "conversation" about LGBT suicide, with the goal of "raising awareness, facilitating safety, and identifying any action that may be taken." It will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 75, and is sponsored by career services, student life, the diversity committee, Lambda Law Caucus, Louisville Youth Group and the school's Office for LGBT Services.

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