April 19 – Gender and Objectivity

Transgender persons’ ability to gain access to appropriate restrooms has been thrust into the spotlight as an issue across the United States, in no small measure to North Carolina’s HB2.  That pernicious anti-civil rights law, among other things, required public schools and government buildings to limit entrance to sex-segregated restrooms based on “biological sex,” defined as stated on a person’s birth certificate.  Many defenders of such laws and policies, and opponents of policies assuring trans people gender-appropriate restrooms, have argued that gender identity is too subjective a basis upon which to base access to sex-segregated spaces.  But is it?  This talk will consider whether policymakers and legal interpreters must ignore gender identity in favor of ostensibly more “objective” criteria for defining people’s sex.

Featuring David Cruz, Visiting Scholar at the Williams Institute and Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12:20 PM – 1:30 PM
UCLA School of Law Room 1420

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP before Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

RSVPs are no longer being accepted for this event.


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