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NYCLA PRESENTS PANEL ON THE LGBT VOTE IN THE
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POLITICAL PROCESS
August 26, 2004 – NEW YORK, NY – The New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) is presenting a panel discussion, “The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Vote In The Contemporary American Political Process,” on Tuesday, September 7, 2004, beginning at 6:30 p.m., that will explore the LGBT vote and its role in and impact upon the contemporary American political process. The four panelists are: Hon. Thomas K. Duane, New York State Senator; Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Patrick Guerriero, Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans; and Hon. Christine Quinn, New York City Council Member.
Panelists will examine the issue of the LGBT vote and the LGBT community’s struggle to achieve full equality. In the same way that Madison Avenue advertising firms and their clients have belatedly discovered the size, scope and wealth of the LGBT community, politicians and those who study the American political process are only now beginning to become aware of the potential political might of the LGBT community in America. An accurate understanding of LGBT America and its demographic characteristics, including but not limited to matters such as income level, geographic location, rates of registered and voting voters, and voting patterns, is essential to the empowerment of the LGBT community.
According to Ivan J. Dominguez, event chair and moderator, as well as chair of NYCLA’s LGBT Issues Committee and associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, “This Panel will explore what we know about the LGBT Vote in America and what we need to learn, with the aim of focusing students, scholars, researchers, as well as politicians, on what many, including many in the LGBT community itself, are only beginning to understand is a sizeable and potentially potent force in the American political process.”
The New York County Lawyers’ Association was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, NYCLA has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.
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