Adrian ComanJun 20, 2022
Achievements and Challenges of LGBTQ+ People
A Discussion with Adrian Coman
New Books Network 2022
This is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the increased visibility, dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world. There have been many advances in the rights of sexual minorities in recent decades such as decriminalizing same-sex relationships, banning discrimination in employment and housing and, of course, legalizing same-sex marriage. Yet there's also been a conservative backlash in many countries and growing controversy over care for transgender teens in the US and Europe. Where does the struggle for LGBTQ rights around the world stand today? In this episode, John Torpey, Presidential Professor of Sociology and History at the Graduate Center and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute, talks to LGBT activist Adrian Coman about the clashes between domestic laws and those of the European Union, the challenges of LGBT activism, how politicians instrumentalize homophobia to stay in power, the controversy over trans teens, and the key issues to be addressed in order to increase inclusion.