Lambda Law Society Hosts Second Annual Symposium on LGBTQ Poverty and Barriers to Access


WASHINGTON, DC, March 26, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law will host the “The Second Annual Lambda Law Society Symposium: LGBTQ Poverty and Barriers to Access,” on Tuesday, March 30 from 2 – 4:25 p.m.

Poverty is widespread among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. This symposium will try to answer questions like:

  • How do barriers to the basic needs of employment, health care, and housing affect LGBTQ survival?
  • How do these access barriers create and exacerbate LGBTQ poverty?
  • What roles do racism, ageism, homophobia, and disability phobia play?
  • Where do we go from here?

    The program includes panel discussions with legal experts and officials from high level non-profit organizations, and is presented by the Lambda Law Society, The Modern American, the Poverty Law Society, the Women and the Law Program, and the Women’s Law Association.

When: March 30, 2010

            2 – 4:25 p.m.

Where: American University Washington College of Law

             4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

Full Schedule:

1:45 pm            Registration

2:00 pm            Introductory Remarks

2:15 pm            Theory Through Policy: Changing the Landscape of LGBTQ Poverty
Professor Nancy Polikoff, American University Washington College of Law
Speakers: Nancy Knauer, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law and Stacey R. Long, Federal Legislative Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

3:15 pm            Break

3:25 pm            Theory Through Practice: Fighting LGBTQ Poverty on the Ground
Moderator:  Professor Jamie Abrams,
Legal Rhetoric Instructor, American University Washington College of Law
Speakers: Kenyon Farrow, Executive Director, Queers for Economic Justice and
Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

4:25 pm            Reception

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