Though we still have a ways to go, it’s hard to deny that it’s been an amazing year in Pennsylvania when it comes to securing LGBT rights. I mean, hello, we can get married now!
To reflect on this monumental achievement, the ACLU-PA will honor some of those who helped us attain it at its annual Bill of Rights Dinner, happening on October 8th at the National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East).
Among the evening's honorees will be plaintiffs in the marriage equality-attaining Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit; the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, who co-counseled plaintiffs in the Whitewood vs. Wolf case; and the Neshaminy High School newspaper editorial board members who fought for the right to exclude the word "Redskins," the name of their school football team, from print because of its racist overtones. A volunteer service award will be presented to local attorney Larry Felzer, who will be honored by the ACLU as an "outstanding ACLU-PA volunteer, LGBT rights advocate, and leading ACLU supporter and fundraiser." Felzer is also director of development and finance at SeniorLAW Center, and he helps organize the annual Gay Nights at the Phillies.
The event will be emceed by Michael Coard, community activist, and host at WURD 900AM, and a keynote will be delivered by Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project—and attorney for Edward Snowden—Ben Wizner.
The Bill of Rights Dinner takes place on Wednesday, October 8th, starting at 6 p.m.. Tickets and more information can be found here.