Fordham OUTlaws Shows Support for BC’s Lambda Law
On April 2, Fordham OUTlaws, in solidarity with a group of Fordham Law faculty members, sent a care package of baked goods and a card signed by various members of the Fordham Law community to Boston College Law School’s Lambda Law Students Association, where vandals defaced the walls of Lambda Law’s office by scribbling homophobic and racist phrases across the walls.
“As a fellow Jesuit institution, we do feel a kinship with BC Lambda,” said Kevin McRoskey, 2L and Co-Chair of Fordham OUTlaws. “We are supposed to be men and women for others, in the Jesuit tradition, so seeing how some have acted so contrary to that mission at BC gives us pause and pushes us to reach out.”
Fordham has not been immune to similar incidents of bigotry. Last year, Fordham experienced a series of events where the undergraduate campus was vandalized with homophobic and racial slurs. Though McRoskey emphasized the importance of continuing open dialogues to prevent these kinds of events from reoccurring, either at the undergraduate campus or the law school, he also emphasized that OUTlaws feels very much a part of the Fordham Law community.
“Fordham Law is an open and welcoming environment, and we feel nothing but compassion and camaraderie from our fellow students, faculty and staff,” he said.
McRoskey went on to highlight the support that OUTlaws has received from the Fordham Law administration, including an SBA budget that has permitted them to sponsor discussions on DOMA and immigration equality, and a supplement to OCI where 2Ls and 3Ls are sent to the LGBT Bar Association conference and career fair at the end of August.
“Last year, Fordham was the second most represented school in terms of students attending the career fair,” he said.
McRoskey discussed other ways that OUTlaws would like to foster open dialogue at Fordham, including more conversations about reproductive rights and safer sex, and more attention to where the Catholic Church can improve its interactions with the LGBT community.
“NYC Cardinal Dolan said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that LGBT individuals are ‘entitled to more friendship.’ The OUTLaws question what kind of friendship that is when he speaks against our dignity as persons and our rights to share in committed relationships with those we love.”
Fordham OUTlaws is having its annual alumni dinner on April 19, where they will honor NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Andrew Richards, a Fordham Law alum and partner at McCarter & English, for their contributions to the LGBT community. All students are welcome to purchase tickets and attend.
–Elizabeth Gavin, Managing Editor