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The New York courts and State Legislature have frequently been at the center of the debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Judges and legislators have considered these issues as they impact the family, campus life, employment and Criminal Law. The 2015 David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest asks you to explore how the courts and legislature have addressed LGBT rights and the impact of their actions.
Select from one of the four topics below and discuss the role and impact of significant cases and legislation on the LGBT community. Your analysis should draw on events leading to these cases & laws, who (activists, attorneys and judges) was involved, and how the issues were addressed. You may discuss current and historical events.
GRAND PRIZE: Zachary Field, Onondaga Community College: Prof. David Deacon / ESSAY [PDF]
CUNY PRIZE:Lida Ramos Arce, Queensborough Community College: Prof. Leslie Francis / ESSAY [PDF]
SUNY PRIZE: Rhonda Parker, Genesee Community College: Prof. Charles Scruggs / ESSAY [PDF]
GRAND PRIZE: Josh Pawlikowski, Mohawk Valley Community College: Professor David Katz / ESSAY [PDF]
CUNY PRIZE: Ruby SIngh, Queensborough Community College: Professor Christine Mooney / ESSAY [PDF]
SUNY PRIZE: Zachary Field, Onondaga Community College: Professor Mary Bogin & Instructor David Hines / ESSAY [PDF]
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