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The current state of rights and court cases affecting the LGBTQ+ community will be highlighted in a free half-day seminar Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1-5 p.m. in the Auld Pavilion at Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Drive.

Speakers will include Sen. Adam Morfeld, Lincoln City Council member Karl Eskridge, ACLU Executive Director Danielle Conrad and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) attorney L. Jack Vasquez.

The seminar will end with insights from two activists, Scott Graybeal and Michael Herman, who both appear in the book “No Place Like Home – Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas,” authored by C.J. Janovy.

The seminar is being hosted by the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) and the EEOC. The LCHR, a city agency, investigates allegations of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations within the city limits. It contracts with EEOC to investigate employment cases for private employers with more than 15 employees. LCHR also investigates smaller employers in Lincoln that have more than four staff members.

“While the gay and lesbian community does not currently have local protections, EEOC believes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does protect them from employment discrimination under the basis of sex,” explained Margie Nichols, senior civil rights investigator. She added: “The LGBTQ community needs to know they are protected in their jobs and what they can do when they believe they are being discriminated against.”

Vendors providing services to the LGBTQ community will staff information tables at no cost at the event. Those interested in attending or having a booth may send an email to lchr@lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-441-7624.

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