LGBT Rights in Healthcare and Employment: Taking Stock of Bostock v. Clayton County
LaVelle Ridley, PhD Candidate, English & Women's Studies; Multidisciplinary Transgender Health Project, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan (she/her)
Susan Burgess, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Ohio University (she/her)
Harper Jean Tobin, Trans Policy Expert and Consultant, HJ Tobin Policy Consulting (she/her)
Anna Kirkland, Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, University of Michigan (she/her)
This conversation brings together experts in LGBTQ law, politics, health, and transgender rights to reflect on Bostock v. Clayton County, GA, the recent ruling from the Supreme Court affirming that Title VII employment discrimination law covers sexual orientation and gender identity under sex discrimination. That decision came down just three days after the Trump administration issued a final rule rescinding transgender inclusion in the non-discrimination protections of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
Experts will discuss what these cases and regulations mean for LGBT rights in this political moment. This event is designed to be conversational and informative and to fit within your lunch hour.
This remote event is presented via Zoom. Please register in advance, here: http://myumi.ch/4pz2j
Background information & resources:
Here is an edited version of the Supreme Court ruling, courtesy of Professor Dan Pinello of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and this is the full ruling published by the Court.
About the Speakers:
Susan Burgess (she/her) is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. She’s the author of various books and articles, including LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader (NYU) and The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues (SAGE / CQ Press).
Anna Kirkland (she/her) is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and director of IRWG. researches the implementation and politics of Section 1557, the non-discrimination clause of the Affordable Care Act, with a focus on transgender healthcare rights and insurance coverage and access.
LaVelle Ridley (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Women's Studies and English at the University of Michigan. Along with her academic work in black feminist theory, life writing studies, and transgender studies, LaVelle advocates for penal abolition and community education in Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities.
Harper Jean Tobin (she/her) has been a leading public policy expert and advocate for transgender justice for over a decade, and now advises organizations on policy strategy, analysis, and advocacy. You can find her at HJTobinPolicy.com.