The opening portion of this session will be a presentation by Nancy Marcus, a longtime advocate for the bi+ community and Lambda Legal alumna. This portion of the session will outline various forms of bisexual erasure and invisibility in the law and legal discourse, and the harms that can result from failing to recognize bisexuality as a valid sexual orientation in legal contexts. This portion of the session also will trace the lack of recognition of the bi+ community in significant LGBTQ+ rights jurisprudence, including marriage equality litigation and major decisions of the United States Supreme Court in other areas such as Romer v. Evans and Bostock v. Clayton County. The second portion of this session will be a roundtable discussion moderated by Judge Mike Jacobs. Participants in the roundtable will include attorney members of the bi+ community and representatives from the major LGBTQ+ legal advocacy organizations. The discussion will focus on highlighting successes for bi+ inclusion in LGBTQ+ advocacy, analyzing occasions when bi+ inclusion has been lacking in LGBTQ+ advocacy, and brainstorming ways to improve bi+ inclusion in legal brief writing and argumentation in the future.
Speakers: Joshua Blecher-Cohen (ACLU of Illinois); Alexander Chen (Harvard Law School); Kara Ingelhart (Lambda Legal); Judge Mike Jacobs (State Court of DeKalb County); Bendita Cynthia Malakia (Hogan Lovells); Nancy Marcus (California Western School of Law); Imani Rupert-Gordon; Sarah Warbelow; Ezra Young (Law Office of Ezra Young)