Although activists scored an important legal victory this summer in Obergefell, significant challenges remain in the struggle for LGBT civil rights. These urgencies are no more visible than in the transgender community — particularly among transgender people of color — who experience homelessness and vulnerability at epidemic rates, endure a torrent of discrimination in the classroom and on the job, and become frequent targets of violence. Compounding these problems, transgender persons are disproportionately singled out for arrest — channeling them into the system of mass incarceration, where they are brutalized at an alarming pace.
This talk will discuss the ongoing efforts by advocates to dismantle these legal wrongs — highlighting the Ashley Diamond case, brought on behalf of a transgender woman who successfully challenged Georgia’s practice of denying transgender inmates safekeeping and medical care — and recent efforts to expand legal protections for transgender persons at school and in the workplace.
Chinyere Ezie ’10 is a Staff Attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”) LGBT Rights Project, where her advocacy work focuses on LGBTQ persons in the South, particularly within the transgender community. Prior to joining SPLC, Chinyere clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton LLP. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, where she served as President of the Columbia Outlaws and Editor in Chief of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
This event is hosted by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.