Congratulations to Laura Douglas-Brown 95C 95G for her new position as Editor of the Emory Report. Laura received the Chesnut LGBT Person of the Year Award in 2008, and was named one of the 20 LGBT Change Agents at the Office of LGBT Life’s 20th Anniversary Pride Awards in 2012. She worked as a reporter, news editor, and ultimately editor of Southern Voice, and most recently served as a communications consultant for the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.
Michael Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, and a senior fellow at Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling next year requiring all states to allow same-sex couples to marry. On the eve of the Windsor anniversary, Perry shared his thoughts on the future course of the same-sex marriage debate, the pace of change since Windsor, and why, although he agrees with the outcome of that case, he believes it should have been decided on different grounds. Read the full article here.
The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the 2014 Atlanta Parade Grand Marshals, which is comprised of individuals and organizations, residing or based in Georgia, who have contributed significantly to the LGBTQ community in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. We are very proud that our own Michael D. Shutt, Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Office of LGBT Life, Emory University, is one of the 2014 Grand Marshals.
Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said, “The individuals being honored are from a wide variety of occupations and walks of life, but they all are putting their time and talents to work for our LGBTQ community in Atlanta and around Georgia. From organizing fundraisers, to leading LGBTQ community and civic organizations, to fighting for marriage equality, these folks are our friends and neighbors, and they are doing inspiring things for our community. “
Michael, along with other community leaders will be featured in the annual Atlanta Pride Parade, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, that takes place at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 12.
Monique Dorsainvil 09C was recently featured in “The Hill.” She is the Director of Planning and Events for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the White House, and focuses on long-term strategic planning, and manages high-stakes events for the President and First Lady.
Dorsainvil studied Global Health and Gender Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Read more here.
Congratulations to Aby Parsons 13G, who was named the inaugural Director of the LGBTQIA Resource Center at Georgia Tech this spring, and took up the position on April 1st. Aby worked in the Office of LGBT Life as a graduate assistant during her time at Emory, and continues to stay connected with all things LGBT-related at Emory by serving on the GALA Executive Committee.
Our own Nowmee Shehab 16C is featured in the Ms. Magazine Blog on July 14, 2014, for organizing a group on the Emory campus called Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA). Just a few years after the group’s inception, they have trained nearly 2,000 students on what to say, what not to say, and how to support survivors of sexual assault. Shehab, meanwhile, was a coordinator for RespectCon, an annual conference at Emory that focuses on sexual violence. Originally founded in 2013, this year’s conference was themed Sexual Violence Prevention through a Social Justice Lens. Read the full blog here.
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