LGBT Issues in Public Policy

PADM-GP.4444, 2 points.


The movement for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is one of the most successful in recent history. In the U.S., even though LGBT people and same-sex couple families experience inequality and exclusion in a wide range of state and federal policy arenas, significant policy advances have occurred. These include the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the adoption of transgender nondiscrimination laws in 16 states, the extension of marriage equality in eight states, and support for same-sex marriage by President Obama and the Democratic Party. This course will examine the incredible successes of LGBT rights activism in the U.S. and globally, and the treatment of LGBT people in several policy areas, with an in-depth focus on several issue areas that afford a broad overview of domestic and global LGBT policy, including: implementation of the Affordable Care Act; elder issues; youth and education policy; family recognition and the policy implications of race and gender differences among same-sex couple households; and international LGBT rights struggles. We will also examine debates within the U.S. LGBT movement between progressives/liberals and conservatives, and look at voting behavior and public opinion trends.



Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2014Sean CahillSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Spring 2013Sean CahillEvaluation
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