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CUNY Law Hosts Global LGBTIQ Rights Conference

December 15, 2015

CUNY School of Law brought together local and global activists for the recent OutSummit conference, a daylong event focused on rights relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues throughout the world.

The event was organized by Outright Action International and co-sponsored by CUNY Law’s Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.

The Dave Fields Auditorium was nearly filled to capacity.

More than 120 individuals attended the conference.

Professor Lisa Davis (’08), one of the event’s key organizers spoke on foreign policy as it relates to LGBTIQ rights. Professor Davis teaches in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and has written and reported extensively on women’s rights and LGBT rights, with a focus on conflict and disaster settings.

Conference keynote speaker Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

Conference keynote speaker Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, a human rights activist from Uganda, delivered the keynote speech on fighting for LGBT rights in countries, such as her native Uganda, that have been extremely violent towards gays and lesbians. Uganda is among the more than 70 countries in which consensual same-sex sexual activity remains illegal. Nabagesera is the founder and executive director of Freedom & Roam Uganda, an LGBT rights organization, and the 2011 recipient of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

The conference featured nearly 40 speakers.

The conference featured nearly 40 speakers.

 

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