Issues Facing the Transgender Community: Progress, Backlash, and Paths Forward


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Alexander Chen
Jen Manion
Nicholas Opiyo
Erica Chenoweth

Join us in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a discussion on the increased visibility of transgender people, the progress in securing transgender rights, the backlash that has taken place as a result, and ways that people can support transgender rights and lives moving forward. The Forum will feature a panel of guests who can speak to these issues in the United States and around the world, including:

  • Alexander Chen HLS '15 (he/him), founding director of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law School;
  • Jen Manion (they/them), professor of history and sexuality and women's and gender studies at Amherst College;
  • Nicholas Opiyo (he/him), Carr Center fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy;
  • Erica Chenoweth (they/them), Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University

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