Well House at IUB
The GLBTAA Board extends good wishes to you and your families for an enjoyable summer. We hope to see many of you downtown Indy on June 8 for the Circle City IN Pride Parade, one of the nation's spectacular LGBT celebrations!
Mike Shumate, GLBTAA President
1. Maurer LGBT Alumni Advisory Board
|Board members with Maura Healey (far left)
The Maurer School of Law LGBT Alumni Advisory Board was formed in 2009 to provide support and guidance to the law school's LGBT students, sponsor professional and social activities for its LGBT and ally alumni, and raise awareness about LGBT issues in the larger Maurer community.
Since it was organized, the Maurer Board has organized four major programs dealing with timely topics affecting the LGBT community. The first was held in March 2010 with panelists discussing marriage equality, including the history of same-sex marriage, key cases and ongoing litigation. In April 2010, Maura Healey, Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, keynoted a symposium on the future of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). (Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and filed suit against DOMA in 2009.) In November 2011, Judge Vaughn Walker, former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, delivered a lecture at Maurer titled, "On the Bench and in the Game." While on the bench, Judge Walker ruled in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. And in April 2013, retired Ambassador Michael Guest spoke on America's role in promoting LGBT equality around the globe in a lecture co-sponsored by the Maurer Board and the new IU School of Global and International Studies.
Judge Vaughn Walker
"Maurer's LGBT Alumni Advisory Board has been an invaluable resource," says Hannah L. Buxbaum, Interim Dean and John E. Schiller Chair in Ethics at the law school. "In addition to arranging panels and lectures about current LGBT issues, the Board has provided networking and mentoring opportunities for our students as they prepare for careers in the profession."
In addition to speakers and programming, the Maurer Board has instituted a mentoring program for LGBT and ally Maurer students; sponsored students to participate in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA, the premier national moot court competition on sexual orientation and gender identity; hosted a table at the annual Lambda Legal dinner; hosted several luncheon meetings where students can discuss issues important to them with LGBT and ally alumni; and provided numerous net-working opportunities.
This past February, several Maurer alumni met with students to discuss being out in the workplace and related issues. The Maurer Board makes a point of seeking input from OUTlaw, the Maurer LGBT student organization, and involving the students in all major decisions. "The relationship between the Maurer Board and OUTlaw is one of the cornerstones of the OUTlaw group," says Ian Doig, former President of OUTlaw. "The Maurer Board members are an inspiration to us all, as they not only provide exceptional support, but also model the types of lawyers, leaders, and advocates we hope to become."
GLBTAA members Jerry Burgdoerfer, Erica DeSantis, Margaret Emmert, John Fischer, Jim Reed, Steve Sanders, Ryan Scott and Mike Shumate are founding members and currently serve as directors of the Maurer Board. Jerry Burgdoerfer and Mike Shumate serve as President and Vice President, respectively
OUTlaw members with Judge Walker
|A few more OUTlaws (but more casual)!
2. Herald-Times Article, I Can't be Silent Any Longer
IUB sophomore and GLBTAA member Aaron Kaleb Crain was awarded the McKaig Student Award recently (see paragraph 6 of our May Newsletter) for his response to hate speech and efforts to bring Judy Shepard to Bloomington, which has now been rescheduled for October 22. The following article was published by the Herald-Times on April 7, 2013. With permission by Mike Leonard, the article is republished below.
Aaron Kaleb Crain
It was just another day on the Indiana University campus last fall when Kaleb Crain heard one of the notorious "hate preachers" call him out as the IU sophomore cruised past the "free speech zone" between Woodburn and Ballantine halls.
"See that kid in the wheelchair?" the evangelist called out. "He's being punished for homosexual sins in a past life."
Anger, amazement and amusement simultaneously coursed through the IU student. "If you're a Christian, don't you believe in resurrection, not reincarnation?" Crain recalled thinking, retelling the story last week. "And, of course, how did he know whether I was gay?"
The preacher was about to find out.
"I didn't even stop. I literally rolled on by and came back to my room to change clothes," he said. "I put on a rainbow T-shirt, rainbow shoelaces, a rainbow button on my shirt. The only thing I was missing was a rainbow cape.
"I was literally yelling out, 'I need a Sharpie! Who's got a Sharpie I can borrow for a minute?'"
A marker quickly appeared and Crain wrote "I'm gay" on one arm and "God loves me" on the other. His ability to walk impaired by cerebral palsy, the IU student put his thumb down hard on his wheelchair controls to speed as quickly as possible back to the scene where he was heckled.
Crain rolled up behind the preacher and held his bare forearms - and their message - out for all to see, palms up, his head slightly bowed. "I think only the Christians got the symbolism," he said. "Words can crucify people, too. How many teen suicides have you read about because of someone's hateful words?"
The crowd of curious onlookers erupted in applause. And the Bloomington High School North graduate held his arms aloft for so long that tears began running down his face because of the physical pain.
"Then, there was this group of six students - I have no idea who they were, and I still don't - they began taking shifts holding my arms up for me, one on each arm. It was pretty amazing," Crain said.
And pretty motivating.
The Read Center resident hopes to be a high school teacher one day, and so he developed a lesson plan. He wrote the same words, "I'm gay" and "God loves me" on a board and returned to the grassy area in the middle of campus every day that week to mock the preacher's warped interpretation of Christian theology. "I'm all about love and acceptance, but I did get a little sarcastic," he admitted. "I was acting like the circus barker, saying 'Step right up and see bigotry at its finest, right here on the IU campus. For one week only!'" he recalled, grinning.
The episode also motivated Crain to do an Internet search to find out who books and promotes speaker Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming college student who was beaten, tortured and left to die in a 1998 incident that shocked a nation and spawned federal hate crime legislation that now bears his name.
"I knew that I wanted to bring her here to IU to speak. She's an inspiration to me," he said.
Crain single-handedly raised more than $12,000 to book the gay rights and anti-hate crime advocate for a 7-8:30 p.m. lecture, "The Meaning of Matthew," Wednesday at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. Several schools, departments and organizations donated to support the lecture, with the largest amount, $3,000, coming from the IU Foundation through the Culture of Care program sponsored by the IU Student Association.
The Bloomington student's efforts, from his initial, courageous reaction to the verbal assault to his dogged pursuit of funding for an important student program, led to Crain being named a winner of the McKaig Student Award, named after former IU Dean of Students Dick McKaig. It will be presented in a program April 18 at the IMU.
The easygoing and articulate IU student said he's flattered and honored to win the award but a little uncomfortable with the attention. "This is not about me. My efforts have been about the event and Judy Shepard's message and the changes we still need to see in our society," he said.
"Someone once told me that silence is complaisant to bigotry," Crain said. "It's funny how that was playing over and over in my head the summer before my little incident. At that point it just clicked with me. I can't be silent any longer."
3. Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior
Dr. Peter B. Gray and GLBTAA member Dr. Justin R. Garcia have co-authored Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press, 2013). A synopsis follows.
Few things come more naturally to us than sex - or so it would seem. Yet to a chimpanzee, the sexual practices and customs we take for granted would appear odd indeed. He or she might wonder why we bother with inconveniences like clothes, why we prefer to make love on a bed, and why we fuss so needlessly over privacy. Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior invites us into the thought-experiment of imagining human sex from the vantage point of our primate cousins, in order to underscore the role of evolution in shaping all that happens, biologically and behaviorally, when romantic passions are aroused.
Peter Gray and Justin Garcia provide an interdisciplinary synthesis that draws on the latest discoveries in evolutionary theory, genetics, neuroscience, comparative primate research, and cross-cultural sexuality studies. They are our guides through an exploration of the patterns and variations that exist in human sexuality, in chapters covering topics ranging from the evolution of sex differences and reproductive physiology to the origins of sexual play, monogamous unions, and the facts and fictions surrounding orgasm.
Intended for generally curious readers of all stripes, this up-to-date, one-volume survey of the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior explains why sexuality has remained a core fascination of human beings throughout time and across cultures.
About the authors:
Dr. Peter B. Gray is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Justin R. Garcia is CTRD Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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5. Academic Scholarship Recipient
CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Marcus A. McGhee, one of our 2013 Fall Academic Scholarship recipients! Marcus has just completed his first year at the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2010, and a Master of Public Administration in 2012 - both from Northern Kentucky University. He hopes to pursue a profession with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, "where he can utilize the skills acquired in his academic career to develop effective methodologies for recognizing and decreasing crime and recidivism". He is currently working as an intern at the Marion County Prosecutor's Office with the Mental Health Diversion Program and the Post Conviction Relief Unit. Among other extracurricular activities, he is currently the Chapter Secretary of IU McKinney School of Law's Black Law Student Association and serves as Treasurer of the Lambda Law Society. Additionally, in the past he has served as the President of the National Black Graduate Student Association (Northern Kentucky University Chapter). We're proud of you, Marcus!
6. Member Notes
The IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council (see paragraph #2 of our April Newsletter) has recently elected new officers. GLBTAA members Anthony Masseria, Gary Brackett and Matt Holley have been elected Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively. Congratulations, Anthony, Gary and Matt!
The Lambda Law Society of the IU McKinney School of Law has recently elected new officers. GLBTAA members Lucy Frick, Jason Sprinkle and Marcus McGhee have been elected President, Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Congratulations, Lucy, Jason and Marcus!
Christine Badowski, BA '89, was recently named to the Crown Point High School (IN) Hall of Fame. Her excellence in journalism was acknowledged. Christine is currently pursuing a master's degree in Liberal Studies/Culture and Society at North Central College. Congratulations, Christine!
Please send any proposed inserts for "Member Notes" to any one of the following: Steve Bretthauer at [email protected]; Stephanie Burks at [email protected]; Tim Lemper at [email protected]; or Mike Shumate at [email protected].
7. Indy Pride, Inc.
GLBTAA members Rob Bullock (BA '84, MA '96) and Donald (Donnie) Thomas (JD '09) are active members of the Indianapolis community. Besides working at the Herron School of Art and Design on the IUPUI campus, Rob is serving his third term as a board member of Indy Pride, Inc. He was joined this year by Donnie, who works at Barnes & Thornburg, and is serving his first board term. Like so many, they were first introduced to Indy Pride by attending the annual Circle City IN Pride (CCIP) parade and festival (see paragraph #8 immediately below) and other organizational events. Soon they were volunteering and eventually invited to run for the board. Both are happy to share their skills and time with Indy Pride.
They are quick to point out that the CCIP has grown exponentially over the past decade. Approximately 75,000 attended last year's parade and festival, and this year will include nine days of events from June 1 - 9. But Indy Pride is much more than this annual celebration. Indy Pride hosts events throughout the year from the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival to the Circle City Fest, a volleyball tournament. It sponsors a scholarship program (awarding more than $10,000 in 2012) and the Chris Gonzalez LGBT Library and Archives. To learn more about Indy Pride, please go to http://www.indyprideinc.org/ and for details about the CCIP 2013, go to http://www.circlecityinpride.org/.
8. Circle City IN Pride
The Circle City IN Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 8, starting at 10:00 a.m. The GLBTAA once again will have a booth to welcome all who wish to share in the celebration of this spectacular parade and related activities. We will also be spreading the word about IU's "five stars" and being ranked in the "top 25" LGBT-friendly universities and colleges in the nation. Hope to see you downtown Indy on June 8! The entire preceding week is full of fun LGBT-related events. For more information, please see: http://www.circlecityinpride.org/tips/
Greeting and signing up new members
A few of our fantastic 2012 volunteers
9. GLBTAA Scholarships
GLBTAA Academic Scholarships Academic Scholarships are awarded to IU students enrolled at any IU campus, who are academically strong, as well as active in promoting diversity, tolerance and social justice. Scholarships are awarded to students based upon academic achievement, career goals, financial need, leadership experience, community service and extracurricular activities. Involvement in activities promoting diversity and raising awareness of GLBT and related issues on the student's campus or in his or her community is carefully reviewed by the Board. The maximum award for an Academic Scholarship is $1,000 per semester. An individual student may not receive more than $2,000. The deadline for the Fall 2013 semester is April 15, 2013.
IU GLBTAA Emergency Scholarships
Emergency Scholarships are awarded to those students who experience the loss of financial support when they make the courageous decision to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to their families. Emergency Scholarships help to ensure that students need not choose between their education at IU and living life openly and honestly. Emergency Scholarships are awarded to students attending any IU campus. The maximum award for an Emergency Scholarship is $1,500 per semester, and a student may not receive more than $3,000.
Encourage your friends to join the GLBTAA. They can visit our website here and join. There are no membership dues, and you do not have to be a member of the IUAA. We are approaching 1,400 members, and we're growing! We appreciate your continued commitment! It is because of you that the GLBTAA is in existence, continues to grow and continues to serve our important mission on all eight of IU's campuses. If you are a member and wish to continue receiving our newsletters, please make sure we have a current e-mail address for you. You can visit https://alumni.indiana.edu/my-iu/index.html to see if your official record, including your e-mail address, is current. Thank you for your support through your membership. We look forward to serving you now and in the years to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rachael McAfee at:[email protected] or Mike Shumate at [email protected] .
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