CSUSB’s Osher Institute to host lecture on the evolution of LGBT equality


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program of Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Extended Learning, will host a two-hour lecture, titled “Eyes On the Prize – Major Legal Milestones in the Evolution of LGBT Equality,” on Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Osher LogoThe lecture will take place in the Oliphant Auditorium of the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, 37-500 Cook St.

Attendees will learn about the incredible journey lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals have taken to gain their civil rights by examination of the famous trials of Oscar Wilde, Illinois’ 1962 passage of the first “Consenting Adults” law, The Briggs Initiative (Proposition 6) and the “Twinkie Defense” in People v. Dan White.

Attendees will also explore the PERSEREC (Personnel Security Research and Education Center) report, a preliminary analysis of the U.S. Army Security Screening Questionnaire, advocating lifting the ban on gay and lesbian service members, delisting of homosexuality as a mental illness and same-gender marriage issues, including the development of marriage equality in other countries.

This lecture is one of the courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is free to the public with an advanced RSVP.

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

The event is co-sponsored by the CENTER, which serves the desert’s LGBT community, and is presented by Osher Institute instructor, Paul S. Marchand, attorney at law.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership program designed for intellectually curious adults who want to experience learning for the fun of it. Courses are offered for no credit and there are no grades, no tests and no homework for students.

The institute offers quarterly memberships for $150 and courses cover subject areas in arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Courses are held at the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, as well as the two Palm Springs Art Museum locations.

To RSVP or for more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, call (760) 341-2883, ext. 78121, e-mail jsterlin@csusb.eduor visit the College of Extended Learning’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute website.

For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or msinger@csusb.edu.