Disrupting Inequality: Poverty, Violence, and Suicide Among LGBT People and What To Do About It

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April 3, 2020 Disrupting Inequality: Poverty, Violence, and Suicide Among LGBT People and What to Do About It

Despite some public policy and legal gains for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, many LGBT people in the U.S. continue to experience poverty, violence and suicidal ideation at a high rate. Join us for an online discussion to learn what the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law is working on to disrupt the inequality. Each of the presenters will address the ways in which policy developments can help to address the vulnerabilities revealed in the research or the ways in which federal policy rollbacks over the last three years have created additional threats to LGBT health and well-being.

Features Speaker Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 3 will serve as a discussant on each of the topics below, sharing her views of the challenges LGBT people face, the importance of data in informing policy to combat those challenges, or the policy initiatives you have undertaken in these areas.

Our Panelists will:

  • Bianca D.M. Wilson, Ph.D. plans to talk about the findings from her quantitative and qualitative analyses of poverty and food insecurity in the LGBT community Discuss the historical and sociopolitical context of attitudes towards LGBT people and laws that impact them.
  • Jody L. Herman, Ph.D. will discuss her research probing the reasons for the disproportionate rate of suicide among transgender people Review the economic costs of LGBT stigma and discrimination in South Africa.
  • Adam P. Romero, J.D. will preview upcoming new data analyses, based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, that show that LGBT people are at disproportionate risk for violence.