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 inequality and prejudice persist, significant policy advances have occurred. These include the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the adoption of transgender nondiscrimination laws in 18 states, the extension of marriage equality in 19 states and active litigation in the other 31, and support for same-sex marriage by President Obama and the Democratic Party. Many other changes have occurred that improve treatment of LGBT people by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and elder services. This graduate level 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 issues that afford a broad overview of domestic and global LGBT policy. These are: health policy and HIV prevention and care; elder issues; youth and education policy; criminal justice issues, including best practices for safely managing LGBT prisoners and juvenile offenders and reducing victimization; family recognition and the policy implications of race and gender differences among same-sex couple households; and LGBT rights struggles in the former Soviet bloc, Africa, and elsewhere.
|Spring 2014||Sean Cahill||Syllabus|