LGBTQ+ Outreach

Spectrum Institute has initiated an outreach campaign to the LGBTQ+ community.  Adults with various sexual orientations and gender identities are affected by the issue with which we are involved. They can be targeted by a conservatorship proceeding, become a victim of disability discrimination, or be denied access to mental health care.  We want to partner with individuals and organizations in the LGBTQ+ community to address these issues as they affect that population.

Conservatorships.  We have developed an educational brochure to explain why the LGBTQ+ community should participate in the conservatorship reform movement.  Titled “Conservatorships and the LGBTQ+ Population: How Intrusive Legal Proceedings Can Harm You,” the brochure gives specific examples of how the rights of individuals and couples can be adversely affected by these intrusive legal proceedings.  We will be distributing this brochure as part of our outreach campaign.

Capacity to Love.  The social and sexual right of adults with mental and developmental disabilities may be unlawfully infringed by overly protective family members, licensed care facilities, group homes, or conservators or guardians.  Once we raise the necessary $20,000 to support this campaign, we will produce educational materials and engage in a variety of activities to educate the LGBTQ+ community, as well as lawyers, care providers, and mental health professionals about the social and sexual rights of this population.  To support the Capacity to Love campaign, and enable us to launch it in 2022, please make a donation to Spectrum Institute.  For more information on how to donate, click here.  Along with your donation, send us an email or note to inform us that you donation should be earmarked to support the Capacity to Love campaign.  For a brochure on the Capacity to Love campaign, click here.

Birds of a Feather.  Prior to the formation of Spectrum Institute, two of its incorporators were involved in the movement for LGBTQ rights.  Once the nonprofit was formed, some of its resources and activities were directed to the advancement of domestic partner rights, promotion of respect for family diversity, and the eradication of marital status discrimination.  Thomas F Coleman, executive director of Spectrum Institute, was the founding president of the first gay law student association in the nation and the convenor of the first gay rights forum at an annual meeting of the American Bar Association, both of which occurred in 1972.  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of organized LGBTQ law student activism, Spectrum Institute has created the Birds of a Feather commemoration.  Through a series of events that will occur during LGBTQ History Month in October 2022, the project will acknowledge the contributions of gay and lesbian law students who were trailblazers in the 1970s.  Through these commemorative activities, we hope to educate the current generation of law students and lawyers about the history of that decade.  To read more about the commemoration or to become a sponsor, click here.