Spring 2022 Course Schedule

Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law (LAW-827-001)
Preston Mitchum

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (Th)

Enrolled: 20 / Limit: 22

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Despite significant progress in legal protections for (and the visibility of) LGBTQ+ and non-binary people over the past decade, LGBTQ+ communities continue to face systemic obstacles to quality health care such as refusals of care, substandard care, and inequitable policies and practices in health care settings. These experiences of discrimination correlate with significant health disparities, including greater exposure to sexual, patriarchal, and state violence, higher rates of tobacco and other substance use, mental health concerns, HIV acquisition, and cancer. These disparities are even more pronounced for LGBTQ+ people who are also members of other groups that face discrimination because of race, ethnicity, or other aspects of identity—such as Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, young and older people, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, and immigrants, among others. In this seminar, students will learn about Sexuality, Gender Identity, & the Law issues from a variety of perspectives—including medicine, public health, queer and women's studies, critical race theory, and U.S. foreign policy—and gain a better understanding of the social mistreatment and ostracism of LGBTQ+ people at both the individual and community level. Topics covered will include LGBTQ-inclusive data collection, clinical and cultural competency, Reproductive Justice, international human rights law, and health issues facing LGBTQ+ youth and elders. This course will also examine how LGBTQ+ individuals and families are treated under federal, state, and international law and how these policies impact access to health care and contribute to health disparities. Course Goals & Student Learning Outcomes: The primary objective of the course is to teach students about health disparities faced by LGBTQ+ communities, to identify the laws and policies that contribute to these health disparities, and to discuss emerging issues and topics that affect LGBTQ+ peoples’ health and sexuality. Through this course, students will learn about the impact that federal, state, and international laws and policies have on LGBTQ+ health, including from spears who are actively working in the LGBTQ+ community at nonprofits, Capitol Hill, and government agencies. By the end of the course, students will be able to describe the impact that various federal, state, and international laws have on LGBTQ+ health and likely areas of changes given real-time developments of a new administration. Assessment Plan/Evaluation: Students will be graded as follows: final paper (75%), class presentation on the paper (20%), and class participation (5%).

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