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Sexualities and Rights: Histories and Futures

  • Occidental College 1600 Campus Rd Los Angeles, CA, 90041 United States (map)

We are at an important crossroads in the global struggle for sexual and gender-related human rights. This two-day event will bring together trailblazing academics, policymakers, and activists who continue to pioneer this historic movement. As the panelists consider how the conceptual shifts to which they have contributed impacted the lived realities of sexual and gender minorities around the world, they will also delve into subsequent breakthroughs, backlashes, and future possibilities.

Join us for vivid discussions with leading human rights experts who have created previously unimaginable social change. Hear about the participants’ work, which began in the 1980s when they successfully pressured Amnesty International to defend the rights of lesbians and gay men. Discover how this work has informed ongoing social justice campaigns on the relevance of sexual orientation and gender identity-related rights to a number of domains, from local struggles for inclusive justice to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The continued evolution of this work raises key questions: How does change happen? What does it take for movements to sustain themselves? And what are future issues for academic and activist work at the intersection of sexualities, genders, and rights?


Event 1: 9:30 a - 10:45 a: “Messy Realities: Three Decades of Shared (and Individual) Histories on Sexualities, Genders, and Human Rights”

Participants: Susana Fried, Sofia Gruskin, Ali Miller, Cynthia Rothschild, Ignacio Saiz, Meg Satterthwaite

Interviewers: Anthony Chase, Laura Ferguson

Event 2: 11:45 a - 12:40 p: “Sustainable Change: Institutions, Law, and Movements in the Advancement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Related-Rights”

Participants: Cynthia Rothschild, Meg Satterthwaite, Ali Miller

Event 3: 4:05 p - 5:30 p: “The Sustainable Development Goals, Gender, and Human Rights”

Lecturers: Prof. Sanjeev Khagram, Prof. Sophal Ear

Participants: Ignacio Saiz, Susana Fried

Note: Program extends beyond Oxy's boundaries to USC the following day. (Tue., Oct. 27 from 12:00 p - 1:30 p.: “Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights: Fulfilling the Promise of Health & Human Rights for All”)

Earlier Event: October 24