Discrimination, lack of cultural competency by health care providers, and a heterosexual, cisgender system that too often renders our community invisible, have all resulted in systemic health disparities in LGBTQ people compared to the general population. These inequitable disparities are even more striking for Black and brown LGBTQ people. Lawyers and law student need to understand what is currently known, and what we don’t know, about the health challenges faced by different LGBTQI populations, and how those disparities are relevant to legal controversies and existing and proposed public policies. A panel of leading researchers and advocates will discuss current scientific knowledge about the health of transgender and nonbinary people, lesbians, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, and other queer populations compared to the straight, cisgender population, and what is known about the causes of those disparities. The panel will also discuss existing evidence of the relationships between health indictors and laws and public policies that are favorable or unfavorable to LGBTQI people. The panelists will focus on opportunities for lawyers to advocate with the Biden Administration, and Congress, for laws, regulations and federal policies to address discrimination, to encourage more research into LGBTQ populations, and to include sexual orientation and gender identity in medical records and federally funded surveys.
Speakers: Kellan Baker (Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health); Lauren Beach (Northwestern University School of Medicine); Daniel Bruner (Whitman-Walker Health); Sharita Gruberg (Center for American Progress); Asa Radix (Callen-Lorde Community Health Center)