Child’s remark the impetus for marriage equality suit

first_imgBefore the innocent observation of their four-year-old daughter, Annie, Julie Goodridge, Ed.M. ’83, and her then-partner Hillary were pretty comfortable with their relationship status. But after reading a book about people who loved each other, Annie made her own list, writing down all the people she knew who loved each other. Not on the list? Her mothers. “You can’t love each other,” Annie explained to Hillary. “You’re not married.”“We’d had a commitment ceremony in the backyard; that seemed fine for us,” says Goodridge. “But we weren’t married, and we started to think about what that meant.”So began the fight that would become Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, the landmark case that would see same-sex marriage become legal in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2003. As one of seven couples involved in the case — and the lead plaintiff — the Goodridges became the public faces of the marriage equality movement. This new role for the family was sometimes difficult on Annie, who found herself having to defend her family to some classmates, and on her mothers, who now had the added responsibility of educating the educators at Annie’s school.“I had to play the role of ambassador for gays everywhere,” says Julie who, with Hillary, worked to mobilize the gay community at the school — parents and teachers — to make things easier for their children.Thirteen years after the historic ruling, Julie Goodridge returned to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to participate in last semester’s Askwith Forum, With This Ring: Winning Marriage Equality. In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, she speaks about her role in the same-sex marriage movement, and reflects on her time at HGSE.Winning marriage equality Julie Goodridge, lead plaintiff in the landmark Massachusetts case Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, reflects on her life’s journey and discussed her time at HGSE.last_img read more

Universitea’ connects women across campuses

first_imgOn Saturday, the Movimiento Estundiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) club at Notre Dame  invited women from Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross to join Notre Dame women at “Universitea,” a tea party discussion about the differences and stereotypes within the tri-campus community. The event provided a social forum for these women to come together and review their similarities and differences while talking about the barriers that exist between the three institutions, sophomore event coordinator Peggy Tull said. Participants at the tea party were each handed a pink carnation upon arrival and directed to one of nine tables. If women arrived in a group, the group was divided so that no woman sat exclusively with friends. A moderator from MEChA sat at each table, and led discussion on a specific topic. “The people who had volunteered to be moderators … pick[ed] which topic interested them the most,” Tull said. Topics included expectations prior to and after arriving on campus, the impact of social media, parties and social lif,; society’s effect on the campuses and the influence of men on the interactions of women from the three campuses. Tull said the idea was to get women talking to see what problems everyone recognized and what they felt could be done about it. “We wanted to figure out some solutions to the issues on [Notre Dame’s] campus and between campuses and even convey some of them to the administration if we can,” Tull said. Overall, she said she believed the event was a success. “Although it generated a lot of good discussion about what people at [Notre Dame] can do, this one event can’t do everything that we want it to,” she said. “There were a lot of things we could’ve talked more about … but if it left people with more to say, that’s always a good thing.” MEChA hopes to involve more students, including male students, in future events revolving around the same subject. Although the women at the tea party were encouraged not to identify themselves directly with their school, MEChA club member and Universitea moderator Rose Walsh said her group had been mostly from Saint Mary’s. “We were initially hoping to focus on [female] students,” Tull said. “We felt removing the male presence from an event might make women more comfortable, [although] male students are just as responsible for issues between campuses.” Tull said the idea for the event arose out of last year’s MEChA event, “Gender Roles at Notre Dame.” The name of the event had been changed, after an initial title referencing “MRS degrees” and “SMC Chicks” provoked a lot of con troversy. Walsh said she thought the event had Saint Mary’s students in particular very riled up. Walsh said the moderators  diffused the tension pretty quickly and made some friends,” but the conflict showed MEChA club members there were underlying issues between the campuse  and especially between the women of the community. Tull said the club’s pillars are family, education and service, with a broad focus on social justice. Universitea was designed to address the breakdowns in the family of the Holy Cross community. “This event was focused on the family aspect between our schools,” she said. “Right now, that [tri-campus] family is not nearly as strong as it should be. “Considering how close we are geographically and how involved we are in each other’s experiences, it should be a much warmer, friendlier environment – one that builds and supports each other.” Strong, healthy relationships with one another is important to creating a unified effort to promote positive change in the community, Tull said “One thing about MEChA is … we want to help improve the world not just our own campus,” she sai,. .[But] you can’t help anyone else when your own house is fractured.” Tull said students who are interested should look for MEChA’s five-day event, Semana de la Mujer, this spring. She also encourages students to follow MEChA on Facebook and Twitter, or email [email protected] for more information. Angelica Martinez, MEChA co-president, said she hopes other clubs will follow MEChA’s lead in confronting inter-campus issues. “I hope that we aren’t the only club that’s making an effort to make these campuses a whole community,” Martinez said. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]last_img read more

Denmark OKs legal gender change on demand

first_imgLifeSiteNews 25 June 2014Europe’s largest homosexual activist organization, ILGA Europe, has praised Denmark’s Parliament for allowing citizens to change their sex on identification documents on request.Last week, Danish parliamentarians passed a measure allowing a legal sex change without, as previously required, a diagnosis of gender identity disorder and sterilization. The new law will take effect September 1 and will allow any citizen over the age of 18 to legally change their gender following a six-month waiting period.“Today we have dropped the requirement of sterilization when transgendered people need a new personal identification number as part of a legal sex change,” Minister for Economics and the Interior Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.“It will make life easier and more dignified for the individual, for example when you are asked for ID in shops,” she added. read more