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LGBT Rights as Human Rights

Please join us for a panel discussion on "LGBT Rights as Human Rights," featuring New York State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, a prime sponsor of the Marriage Equality Act, Charles Radcliffe, Chief of the Global Issues Section of the UN Human Rights Office in New York as well as Senior UN Human Rights Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and South African activist Phumi Mtetwa, former secretary general of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), and former Director of the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project of South Africa.  From local and global perspectives, the panelists will reflect on the recent cultural and political shifts in which LGBT rights have suddenly become part of the global conversation. The panel will discuss the gains made locally and nationally in terms of marriage equality. The speakers will look at how these gains came about, and consider the paradox between newly won rights and protections on the one hand, and the persistence of socially acceptable violence and discrimination on the other.