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Transgender Communities and the Law: Contemporary Legal & Policy Battles

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UC Irvine School of Law

401 East Peltason Drive

Irvine, CA 92697

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Transgender people are facing legal challenges in the United States. In recent years, private lives have been held up for legislative scrutiny, even as long-fought battles for basic protections have seen some success. Transgender people in different parts of the country experience wildly disparate legal treatment: contrast North Carolina’s HB2 and the Trump administration’s attempted ban on transgender people from serving in the military with Obama-era federal guidelines on the use of bathrooms in schools and California’s new Gender Recognition Bill. While large swaths of the country aim to marginalize their transgender residents, other states are increasing legal services and protections. Advocates have responded by deploying a wide range of legal and non-legal strategies.

OutLaw will highlight and explore these fights in a collaborative symposium. We will bring together practitioners, academics, organizers, and community members to address both theoretical and practical concerns about legal issues facing transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Symposium sessions will cover a variety of topics, including education, employment, immigration, healthcare, non-binary frontiers, identification documents, public accommodations, and the prison industrial complex. The symposium will expose participants to a diversity of perspectives on these legal issues, emphasizing intersectionality and collaboration. Together we will examine the challenges and possibilities facing those in Southern California and across the nation, now and in coming years.

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact UC Irvine School of Law at (949) 824-0066.

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