Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s New Book

UPDATE: 6/24/2013 The Supreme Court issues their decision on Fischer v. University of Austin Texas.

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Sandra Day O’Connor’s newest book “Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court” comes at an important moment the Supreme Court’s history, as the Justice’s weigh in on the matter of gay marriage and the rights of gay spousal benefits.

The Supreme Court is one of our nation’s most important institutions. Justice O’Connor’s book lays out the  history  of the Court in terms of seminal judicial decisions,  former Justices, and how the Court became such an important institution. Justice O’Connor also offers insight into the “inner workings” of the Court, including: how cases are chosen, the personal relationships amongst the Justice’s, and the traditions of the Court.

Though Justice O’Connor retired from the Court in 2006, she continues to serve our country through a variety of means. I saw a recent television interview regarding this very book, during which she  mentioned  icivics.org, a website which she helped…

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Gender-Neutral Pronouns, LGBTQ Equality, & Transgender Remembrance Day

PROGRESS: A Colorado school district allows a transgender child, who identifies as a girl, to legally use the girl’s bathroom at school.

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I sat down with the Co-Chairs of the student group The Alliance, Eric Nickel (EN) and Jonah Richmond (JR), to talk about the work of the student group and Transgender Remembrance Day, November 20th. During the interview, Eric and Jonah created a safe and comfortable space to talk about gender identity and sexuality which reflects how they approach their work with The Alliance. Our conversation meandered. We spoke about meeting people whose gender identity we have never encountered before, as well as mainstream gay culture and where transgender issues fit in. An edited version of my interview is below.

The activities planned for Transgender Remembrance Day are listed at the end of the interview.

What does Alliance do and why is it at VLS?
JR: Alliance is here to promote LGBTQ equality in our community and for the world. We also provide a place for LGBTQ people to gather and…

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