Join us at the Stonewall Stage on Sunday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. for a panel discussion on “LGBTQ Rights and Advocacy Today.”
Participants will include Larry Dupuis of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Megin McDonnel of Fair Wisconsin , Mark Silva of Diverse and Resilient, and Emily Dudak Taylor of The Law Center.
It will be an interesting hour of, in which they engage in discussion with each other and the audience. The conversation will focus on the interests of the attendees, and might address topics like:
What should we be working to accomplish, now that same-sex marriage is legal in the United States?
What health disparities do LGBTQ experience, and why is that important?
How can we combat stereotypes, microagressions, and other cultural problems that LGBTQ people face?
What is the impact of acceptance on LGBTQ people?
How do you recommend that people advocate for LGBTQ people today?
Do you think that we can we make our schools safer and more welcoming to LGBTQ people? How?
Larry Dupuis has been the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin since 2003. He litigates cases and coordinates the litigation efforts of pro bono attorneys from the private bar who handle cases on behalf of the ACLU.
Larry received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in 1986. In 1996, he received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden- Kern Public Service Scholar. While in law school, he interned with the Division of Bioethics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and volunteered with a student group that advocated for the rights of homeless persons.
After law school, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Robert W. Sweet, a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. He was also a Skadden Fellow and then a staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin, a non-profit law firm providing representation to low-income individuals in civil cases. At Legal Action, he focused on public benefits and housing matters. He has worked in the public and primary health care fields, and has published articles on civil liberties issues in public health.
Larry has served on the governing boards or committees of a number of organizations, including the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Legal Action of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, the Hmong- American Friendship Association, the Fair Lending Coalition, the Wisconsin Public Health Association and the National Center on Rural Aging.
Megin McDonnel is the Executive Director of Fair Wisconsin, which is an organization that envisions a fair, safe, and inclusive society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are treated with dignity and respect.
Megin has extensive experience working in nonprofits, including grant writing, media and communications and program development and implementation. Before joining Fair Wisconsin in 2011, she was the Program Director at the Tenant Resource Center in Madison for fourteen years. She has been extremely active in local politics and elections, including serving for eleven years on the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission and working on numerous aldermanic, county board, assembly and congressional campaigns.
Megin also serves as President of the Social Justice Center Board of Directors, and formerly served on the NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Board of Directors. She is married with two daughters. She hopes that her daughters will be able to marry (or not) whomever they want when they are adults, without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and that they will be able to choose to become parents (or not) regardless of the same.
Mark Silva coordinates programming for Diverse and Resilient, focused on LGBTQ acceptance, sexual health, and public health messaging. Mark was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and has a B.A. in Sociology from St. Norbert College. He studied health disparities and social work, and has developed training materials on how to be a better advocate and ally for historically marginalized groups.
He has coordinated, participated in, and lead local and national service trips focusing on HIV awareness, mental health, and others to promote community-based, sustainable change. Mark is also a group facilitator with a background in mental health and social work, and is dedicated to progressing toward a just society that celebrates diversity and acceptance.
Emily Dudak Taylor is a partner at The Law Center for Children & Families in Madison, Wisconsin. She practices law in the following areas: adoption (domestic and international), immigration, assisted reproduction (including international surrogacy), and LGBT family formation (including parentage, adoption, guardianship, contracts, and estate planning).
Emily has a special interest in LGBT issues and was the lead attorney in a recent appeal in Wisconsin about applying the marital presumption of parentage to married same-sex couples post-marriage equality. She acts as general counsel to a private adoption agency, surrogacy center, and fertility clinic, and is retained frequently by counties and the State to serve as immigration counsel for children in foster care. Emily is also a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the LGBT Family Law Institute. The Institute is a joint venture of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the National LGBT Bar Association, which invites experienced LGBT attorneys from across the country to meet annually to share their collective wisdom and to discuss cutting-edge legal solutions for LGBT families.
She recently co-authored the family formation and protection chapter of the Wisconsin State Bar book entitled “Sexual Orientation and the Law.” Emily provides pro bono and reduced fee representation to undocumented children in their immigration matters throughout Wisconsin, as well as to LGBT families fighting to implement marriage equality in Wisconsin.