Hard to believe that only 15 years ago in Texas, you could be arrested for backing your peach into an eggplant.
Or vice versa.
But it’s true. On June 25, 2003, sodomy was illegal. However, on June 26 it was no longer considered criminal activity (unless maybe someone forgot to shower).
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision and its effect on the Lone Star State and 13 other U.S. states has been significant for many, whether symbolically or legally.
Tonight, The Dallas Morning News poses questions to a panel of activists, experts and politicians on how this case helped lay the groundwork for other LGBTQ victories, as well as other key impacts of the decision.
Moderated by DMN reporter Lauren McGaughy, the panel includes Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer, former attorney in Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; Dick Peeples, activist and icon, Founding member of Dallas Gay Political Caucus (now DGLA); Jessica González, State-representative elect, Dallas Democrat, veteran; and Trenton Johnson, former Mr. Black Trans International (2017), transgender activist and public speaker.
Space is limited at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law’s Walsh Classroom and seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
So get your plump peaches over there early.
15 Years Since Texas Anti-Sodomy Law Struck Down: A Discussion
Tonight, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in the Walsh classroom
Free parking after 6:00 p.m. in the Daniel Parking Center
3330 Daniel Avenue, Dallas