Adrian Coman

Jun 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.

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International Horizons is a podcast of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies that brings scholarly expertise to bear on our understanding of international issues. John Torpey, the host of the podcast and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute, holds conversations with prominent scholars and figures in state-of-the-art international issues in our weekly episodes.

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