NCLR Summer Tour – Events Across the Continent

July 06, 2011, by Melanie Nathan,
In support of NCLR, National Center for Lesbian Rights, I am highlighting their program for their summer tour.

NCLR will advocate, legislate and educate, as the case may be – to ensure the rights of the entire LGBTI community. 

I am proud to recommend the following events, overseen by the TLC of Eleanor Palacios, who says: “With summer in full swing, NCLR is busy traveling across the country and the continent discussing the many issues that affect the LGBT community. Come see us in California, Washington, Kansas and Canada! We are always adding new events, so remember to check our events page frequently. You don’t want to miss out!”


San Francisco, CA
Out 4 ImmigrationUnited by Love, Divided by Law:
How DOMA Impacts Lives of Same-Sex Binational Couples

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

With NCLR Staff Attorney Ilona Turner, Esq.

Join NCLR Staff Attorney Ilona Turner in a panel discussion about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which has impacted the everyday lives of many LGBT Americans. The panel will focus the discussion on the immigration repercussions of DOMA, and how it affects the lives of same-sex binational couples and their families.

James Hormel LGBT Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, California

To register for the event, email Amos Lim at or RSVP on Facebook.  Lindsborg, KS
Kansas Women Attorneys AssociationHot Off the Presses: The Evolving Marriage Laws
Friday, July 15, 2011 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

With NCLR Staff Attorney Ilona Turner, Esq.

The Kansas Women Attorneys Association’s Lindsborg Conference has operated for more than 20 years and has hosted lawyers and judges from across the country to speak on current events, legal issues, and professional development. During the conference, Ilona Turner, NCLR Staff Attorney, will give a plenary presentation entitled “Hot Off the Presses: The Evolving Marriage Laws,” along with Lana Knedlik. Ilona will discuss the steps various states have taken to protect same-sex couples and their families.

Bethany College
335 East Swensson Avenue
Lindsborg, Kansas

For more information and to register, visit the event website.  Oakland, CA
What Do Lawyers Do?: Law School Admission Council Forum Workshop
Saturday, July 16, 2011 – 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With NCLR Staff Attorney Melanie Rowen, Esq.

NCLR Staff Attorney Melanie Rowen will be part of a panel of attorneys representing a diverse cross-section of practice areas. Panelists will describe their career paths and offer details on the skills needed to represent clients effectively. This panel will be especially helpful to participants who do not know practicing lawyers.

Oakland Marriott
1001 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, California

For more information and to register, visit the event website or email  Vancouver, BC
North American Outgames  2011North America Outgames
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – Thursday, July 28, 2011

With NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll

The North America Outgames includes multi-sport elements supported by the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association. A key component to the games is the accompanying Human Rights Conference, which provides lectures and discussions about LGBT athletes in sports. This year NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll is teaming up with GLSEN Sports Project Director Pat Griffin to present two workshops during the conference.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Making Sport More Welcoming to Sexual and Gender Diversity
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Journey Toward LGBT Equality in School-Based Athletic Programs in the United States
Thursday, July 28, 2011 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Register for the conference now. Fees are $100 for GLISA members and $125 for non-members.

For more information on the North American Outgames, visit:


San Francisco, CA
East Bay Pride Dyke MarchSistahs Steppin’ in Pride:
10th Anniversary East Bay Dyke March & Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

Come join Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, celebrating their 10th Anniversary East Bay Dyke March and Festival. This landmark event celebrates and honors the East Bay’s diverse queer women’s communities. Whether you’re a Sistah or you know a Sistah, come out to show your support! The Festival will feature food vendors and artisans as well as entertainers and local DJs providing the music for a beautiful afternoon of fun.

Snow Park
19th and Harrison Street
(19th Street Oakland BART Station)
Oakland, California

Please RSVP by contacting Mali Kigasari at 415.625.5695 or

For more information about Sistahs Steppin in Pride, please visit:


San Francisco, CA
Greenbrae, CATea Dance with NCLR & Spectrum LGBT Center
Sunday, September 18, 2011 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

With NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

Since we had so much fun last summer, our North Bay Tea Dance is back by popular demand. Join Kate Kendell and NCLR family and friends for an afternoon of fun, great music by DJ Dana Jae, dancing, and fabulous views.

Jason’s Restaurant
300 Drakes Landing
Greenbrae, California

Admission – $20.00. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and no host bar.

For more information and to RSVP, please call Eleanor Palacios at 415.365.1309 or email


Seattle, WA
Kate Clinton Seattle Kate Clinton’s Glee Party Tour: Special Stop in Seattle with NCLR
Friday, October 28, 2011

VIP Reception – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Showtime – 8:00 p.m.
With NCLR National Advisory Board Member Kate Clinton and NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

It’s time to come on board the Glee Party Tour. Our favorite Kates—Kendell and Clinton—will be together in Seattle for a very special show as part of Kate Clinton’s 30th Anniversary Tour. Please join us for a night of spectacular fun while supporting your favorite cause—LGBT equality.

Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, Washington

Limited number of Premium tickets available. On sale now.

This event is presented by NW Associated Arts, National Center for Lesbian Rights and The Stranger. The VIP reception is generously underwritten by the Elo R. Giblett, MD Legacy Fund.


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