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Re:Action Summer Conversation Series, Part 4

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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LGBT Rights: A Movement in the Right Direction?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Tank, 354 West 45th Street, New York NY 10036



Boris DittrichAdvocacy Director for Human Rights Watch's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program.

Prof. Paula L. Ettelbrick, adjunct professor at NYU Law School and Barnard College, lawyer and activist for gay and lesbian rights


With recent advances in LGBT rights - the granting of hospital visitation rights to partners, high-level scrutiny of the Armed Forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian servicemen and women - is the LGBT rights movement moving in the right direction? Discuss the pros and cons of the current LGBT rights movement agenda with two distinguished advocates of LGBT rights.


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Boris Dittrich co-organized the launch of the landmark Yogyakarta Principles at the UN. He has discussed LGBT rights with governments, members of parliament and civil society leaders in countries around the world. Before coming to Human Rights Watch in 2007, Boris was for more than 12 years a member of the Dutch national parliament, where he initiated the pioneering same sex marriage and adoption bills. Before being elected as an MP, Boris was a judge and, prior to that, a lawyer in Amsterdam. He has authored two Dutch-language books regarding LGBT rights.

Prof. Paula Ettelbrick is a human rights lawyer, consultant, writer and commentator recognized for her work in advancing civil rights and public interest advocacy on the national and global scale. The recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy efforts, Ettelbrick has written and published extensively on LGBT constitutional, family and parenting rights. Evidenced by her years as the legal director of Lambda Legal through her recent tenure as the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Ettelbrick is not a mere observer. She has been an active leader and dedicated participant in reshaping the law and promoting social acceptance and strategics skills. Ettelbrick lectures at NYU law school and Barnard college and regularly guest lectures at professional forums and college in the United States and abroad.

Re:Action events are free, but HIA requests a donation of $5.

The Re:Action Summer Conversation Series is open to all Humanity In Action Senior Fellows and their friends and guests. Each event is an opportunity to engage with innovative and inspirational thinkers in a casual setting. This is the 4th event in the Re:Action series. For other Re:Action events, please click on the following links: The UnreturnedGentrification in Fort Greene and Science and Democracy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paull Randt at:

p.randt [at] or (212) 828-6874 ext 3.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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