Oct. 30 panel discussion focusing on decades of LGBT progress is free, open to the public
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2014) – One of the central figures involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case on same-sex rights case will speak as part of an LGBT event at the University of South Florida on Oct. 30.
Attorney Mitchell Katine was local counsel in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, ruling anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional as a violation of privacy. Katine, a USF alumnus, continues to serve as an advocate for some of society’s most marginalized members.
A panel discussion following Katine’s talk will include Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, a champion for equal rights, and USF Associate Professor Sara Crawley, a scholar on issues of gender and sexuality.
Hosted by USF Libraries, the event titled “Gay Landslide! Victories for Human Rights: Four Decades of Progress,” begins at 6:30 p.m. in the USF Alumni Center on the Tampa campus. Attendees can meet the speakers during a 5:30 p.m. reception.
As part of USF’s commitment to diversity, the USF Library’s growing LGBT initiative demonstrates its commitment to building diverse and inclusive collections. The initiative documents the history of profound social changes and archives scholarly works, literature, art and grass roots publications to provide a rich resource for researchers and the community.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.