Heterosexism ”the privileging of heterosexuality as the only normal, natural, and taken-for-granted sexuality” is a common form of unconscious bias. It impacts when, where, why, how, and to whom LGBTQ individuals reveal (or conceal) their identities. Despite some setbacks, there has been growing acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and LGTBQ rights in the United States. However, there are still several places in the world where LGBTQ lawyers are asked to travel on business where acceptance of LGBTQ relationships has shown no signs of progress and homophobia and discrimination are prevalent. As such, LGBTQ lawyers must navigate potential legal, cultural and business landmines when they travel for business in countries where same-sex relationships are criminalized or marginalized. A panel of senior LGBTQ lawyers will discuss the ways in which LGBTQ individuals challenge ”or (sometimes) fail to challenge” the heterosexist presumption of their sexual orientation/identity, and navigate the landmines of business travel to unwelcoming countries. The panel of accomplished travelers will relay personal anecdotes, guidance and tips to address the issues facing LGBTQ business travelers today.
Speakers: Wesley Bizzell (Altria Client Services LLC); Sylvia James (Winston & Strawn LLP); David Sakowitz (Winston & Strawn LLP); Sahar Moazami (OutRight); Kylie Byron (Kyle Byron Esq.)