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Lecture: LGBT Poverty in the U.S. and What to Do About It

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Left Out? LGBT Poverty in the U.S. and What to Do About It" and it will be presented by M. V. Lee Badgett.

Synopsis: Recent policy victories have moved LGBT people in the U.S. closer to formal legal equality, but evidence of continuing economic inequality persists. This presentation will present recent work providing new details on the risk of poverty for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The second part of the talk will address policies that could reduce poverty for LGBT and heterosexual people. In addition, the presentation will include a discussion of how the research on LGBT poverty has influenced the policy agenda-setting process through the LGBT Poverty Collaborative, a project of researchers, service providers, social movement organizations, and advocates working at the federal and state levels.

Biography: M. V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and the former director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute and was the Institute’s first Research Director. Badgett received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1990, and has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago. Her current research focuses on poverty in the LGBT community, employment discrimination against LGBT people in the U.S., and the cost of homophobia and transphobia in global economies. Her newest book is The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World. Her book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, analyzes the positive U.S. and European experiences with marriage equality for gay couples. Her first book, Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men, presented her groundbreaking work debunking the myth of gay affluence. Prof. Badgett’s work includes testifying as an expert witness in legislative matters and litigation (including as an expert witness in California’s Prop 8 case), consulting with development agencies (World Bank, UNDP, USAID), analyzing public policies, consulting with regulatory bodies, briefing policymakers, writing op-ed pieces, speaking with journalists, and advising businesses. She is quoted regularly in newspapers across the country, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. In 2008, Curve Magazine named her one of the twenty most powerful lesbians in academia, and she has appeared on The Advocate magazine’s “Our Best and Brightest Activists” list and Out Magazine’s


Rainbow Center (primary), Department of Economics, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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