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Exploring Transgender Human Rights

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Beach Hall 425

The Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program presents a talk by Hailey B. Greenlalgh.

Transgender scholars and activists currently find themselves at a standstill as to how to move forward with the transgender movement, with two different paths appearing evident within recent discourse. Inclusionist scholars find the human rights framework helpful and important to justifying why transgender individuals deserve more equal rights. Exclusionist scholars are highly critical of organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, stating they are seeking to please administrations and legislations for grant money, rather than pushing for radical change that transgender individuals need the most.

Other movements, such as the sex workers' movement and the women's rights movement have had similar debates centering around whether they should continue to work with or fight against governments. This talk plans to conceptualize these debates within transgender rights literature and provide insight on potential paths forward.

Greenlaugh is a PhD student in the Dept. of Political Science and a graduate teaching assistant in the WGSS Program @ UConn. Their research centers on navigating transgender human rights narratives while merging valuable insights from new quantitative datasets.

For more information or if you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Gisele Russo via email at or via phone at 860/486-1134.


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