News and Events
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W&L will celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, 2014, with a week of activities beginning on Oct. 6. Events will include:
October 6, 2014: Cupcake Kickoff from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Elrod Commons
October 7, 2014: Ally Photo Booth from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Elrod Commons
October 8, 2014: Sharing Coming Out Stories from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hill House
October 9, 2014: T-shirt Day, all day, across campus. Wear your t-shirts in support of equality!
March 1, 2014: Join us for the third annual Virginia Colleges Equality Gala on March 1st from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The gala will include music, raffles, and drag performances to promote LGBTQ equality and to celebrate the support of straight allies.
February 10, 2014: A screening of the flim Brother Outsider will be held in the Stackhouse Theater at 7:00 p.m. Brother Outsider examines the life of Bayard Rustin, an openly gay civil rights activity who helped organized the March on Washington and who posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We will be joined by Mr. Rustin's surviving partner, Walter Naegle, who has kindly offered to participate in a Q&A.
October 21, 2013: On October 21st, OUTLaw and the Public Interest Law Students Association are honored to host Mr. Paul Smith as a guest speaker. Mr. Smith has had an amazingly distinguished career. Among law students, he may be best known for arguing Lawrence v. Texas in front of the Supreme Court. We are very excited for his upcoming visit!
October 11, 2013: OUTLaw is looking forward to the start of a new school year, and National Coming Out Day is just around the corner! We look forward to celebrating with you on Friday, October 11th!
September 24, 2013: On September 24th, the Senate confirmed Mr. Todd Hughes, an openly gay man, to a federal appellate court. Mr. Hughes earns the distinction of the highest-ranking openly gay judge. Congratulations, Mr. Hughes!
June 26, 2013: On June 26th, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. Read the full opinion in the case of the United States v. Windsor here. Also on June 26th, the Court dismissed the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry (more commonly known as the Prop. 8 case), ruling that private parties do not have standing to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure. This ruling left the lower court's decision to permit same-sex couples to wed in place. Read the full opinion here.