January 22, 2013 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Michigan Union Ballroom
Speaker: Samuel Bagenstos, U-M law professor; Johnny L. Jenkins, program director, Affirmations; Judith Bradford, director, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and Fenway Community Health.
This panel discussion will evaluate the success of gay Americans’ pursuit of equal rights through the lenses of law, health, and community activism. Speakers will put the relatively rapid change in public opinion on gay rights, President Obama’s support of gay marriage, and recent victories for gay marriage in state elections in the context of the larger civil rights movement in the United States.
Prof. Samuel Bagestos specializes in civil rights law, particularly as it pertains to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as constitutional law. Prof. Bagenstos testified before Congress in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, has argued in front of the Supreme Court, and served for two years as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division.
Judith Bradford, PhD, is Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute at the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston and Director/PI of the Center for Population Research in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD. The Center supports 50+ national faculty of scientists in sexual orientation and gender identity research, developed and maintains the PRISM data archive in conjunction with ICPSR, offers an annual Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and provides a competitive, national mentoring program for doctoral students who aim for a career in this field. Dr. Bradford served as a member of the recent IOM Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.
Johnny Jenkins is director of programs for Affirmations, a nonprofit providing wellness and personal growth and development services to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is the largest LGBT organization in Michigan, and its programs include advocacy, culture and society, growth and development, health and wellness, and recreation and partnerships.