Since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which sparked the gay rights movement, there is much to be celebrated in the United States and more particularly in New York State. Recently Google donated $1 million to preserve the oral history of the Stonewall riots. On June 3rd White Plains had its pride celebration as did the County of Queens in New York City (Queens Pride). On June 10th there was Brooklyn Pride, and last weekend, June 17th was Bronx Pride. On June 25th, NYC Pride will commence with the famous Pride March, which is widely known as one of the most spectacular and largest pride celebrations in the U.S. and the world. Pride is also celebrated worldwide with unverified statistics indicating that in 2006 Sao Paulo had the largest pride event ever.
At Pace University and universities throughout the U.S., Title IX and civil rights requirements offer protections from discrimination based on sex. Here at Pace University, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual and Ally (LGBTQA) Social Justice Center
exists to create campus environments that are inclusive and supportive of student, staff, and faculty diversity in the areas of sexuality and gender identity and expression.
Earlier this week NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Paul Feinman to the Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Justice Feinman would be the first openly gay person to serve on New York’s highest court. In July 2011 NYS legalized same sex marriage via the Marriage Equality Act making it legal for any same sex couple to marry. In January 2015, Governor Cuomo announced new regulations, effective in January 2016
prohibiting harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender identity, transgender status or gender dysphoria.
New York’s law was ahead of the historic U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015), guaranteeing same-sex couples throughout the U.S. the freedom to marry and the right to the recognition of their marriages.
In recognition of Gay Pride, Pace Law Library currently has a book display that shows select materials relevant to marriage equality.
Select LGBTQA Research Guides
- Queer Studies/LGBTQA (Pace University)
- Research Guide (Fordham University)
- LGBT Legal Materials (the University of Arizona)
- Library of Congress – Includes the related Executive and Legislative Documents.
- Sexual Orientation and the Law (Santa Clara School of Law)
- OutLaw (University of Chicago Law School)
Other LGBTQA Resources
- NYPL – includes a variety of books and exciting programs for all ages across 92 locations.
- Notable moments in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pop culture – Oprah spotlights a few notable moments in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pop culture.
- State Maps of Laws & Policies – the laws and policies that affect the LGBTQ community and see where the states stand on important issues.
- European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL)
- ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) (see also ILGLaw)
- Lambda Legal (“national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work”)
- The National LGBT Bar Association (Lavender Law conference)
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities: An Annotated Bibliography (This is an ongoing project from the Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities of the Social Responsibilities Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.)
- Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy (UCLA)