PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Attorney Paul Marchand will give a lecture in Palm Desert today about legal milestones in LGBT equality.

The lecture, titled "Eyes On the Prize -- Major Legal Milestones in the Evolution of LGBT Equality," is scheduled at 10 a.m. in the Oliphant Auditorium at Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert, 37500 Cook St.

Marchand is an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program of Cal State San Bernardino's College of Extended Learning. 

His topics will include Illinois' passage of the first "consenting adults' law in 1962; Proposition 6 (the Briggs Initiative), an initiative on the California state ballot in 1978 that would have banned gays and lesbians from working in public schools; and the "Twinkie Defense," a term coined by reporters in the trial of San Francisco Supervisor Dan White in 1979 for the killings of San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.

The event is co-sponsored by the CENTER, which works with the local gay and lesbian population.

The lecture is free with a reservation. Parking will cost $5 per vehicle.

For reservations, call (760) 341-2883, ext. 78121 or email jsterlincsusb.edu.