Fostering Equality: Examining the Legal Issues Facing the LGBT Community

October 16, 2015 | 1:00 - 5:35 pm
University of Houston Law Center
109 BLB

Topics include: Marriage Equality and the Intersection with Freedom of Religion, Transgender Law, Employment, Housing, and other Discrimination in the LGBT Community, Law and Religion, and Equality in Metropolitan America.

Speakers include:

Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston
Phyllis Frye, Judge, City of Houston Municipal Courts
Ronald Turner, Professor of Law, University of Houston
SpearIt, Associate Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Rebecca Robertson - Legal and Policy Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Reverend Laura Mayo, Senior Minister, Covenant Houston
Rabbi Oren J. Hayon, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanuel


1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. - Introduction to the Legal Issues Facing the LGBT Community (Dean Leonard Baynes & Robert B. Johnson)

1:05 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. - Recent Gains in Transgender Law (Judge Phyllis Frye)

1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. - Marriage Equality & The Intersection with Freedom of Religion (Rebecca Robertson)

2:35 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. - Employment & Housing Discrimination (Professor Ronald Turner)

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - BREAK

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Law and Religion - The Legal, Secular, & Religious Issues of Same Sex Marriage (Professor SpearIt, Reverend Laura Mayo, and Rabbi Hayon)

4:45 p.m. - 5:35 p.m. - Equality in Metropolitan America (Houston Mayor Annise Parker)

Registration is closed. Media may contact Allison Regan at for space requests.

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Parking will be available for free in Lot 19B or 18a (pictured below). You will not need a parking tag.

For questions about programs, contact the Director of Continuing Legal Education, Allison Regan, at