Much Shelist Celebrates Diversity with LGBT Panel Discussion

On January 16, 2012, Much Shelist held its seventh annual Diversity Day celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. In his fight for civil rights, Dr. King inspired Americans to think beyond themselves, look past their differences and work toward equality. In that spirit, the 2012 Diversity Day program focused on the ongoing struggle to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The event was designed to enlighten attorneys and staff about recent progress made by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, while acknowledging and exploring the many hurdles still facing those communities.

Much Shelist assembled a group of experts who examined this ongoing civil rights issue from diverse perspectives. Led by James L. Bennett (Regional Director-Chicago, Lambda Legal), the panel included Toni Weaver (President, PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois), Kim L. Hunt (Executive Director, Affinity Community Services), Greg Harris (Illinois State Representative, 13th District) and Christy Webber (President, Christy Webber Landscapes).

As Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. King, said before her death, "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood."