ADVISORY: Experts to Discuss the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV

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Contact: Tom Caiazza
Phone: 202.481.7141

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, May 7, please join the Center for American Progress and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at the Columbia University Law School to discuss the release of a joint federal policy road map examining the significant overrepresentation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people and people living with HIV, or PLWH, in the country’s penal system. The discussion will focus on the often-overlooked experiences of the LGBT and PLWH communities and how justice continues to be elusive and conditional for these populations due to a range of unequal laws and policies that dehumanize, victimize, and criminalize them because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

The road map will make specific policy recommendations to address the myriad criminal justice issues affecting LGBT people and PLWH, including discriminatory profiling and policing practices, laws criminalizing HIV transmission, and unsafe prison conditions.

The road map was developed in collaboration with more than 50 advocates, lawyers, and policy organizations working on LGBT criminalization and racial justice issues at the local, state, and federal levels and includes essays from academic experts in the field, advocates, and formerly incarcerated LGBT people, including CeCe McDonald.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #LGBTCrimJust.


Urvashi Vaid, Director, Engaging Tradition Project, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School

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