The past few years have seen the proposal and enactment of a range of laws that challenge the human rights of the LGBTQ+ community, and particularly transgender people. This calls on public health to affirm a central truth, that there can be no health without respect for the dignity and basic rights of all populations. This conversation will address the current attacks on transgender populations, the active threats to those working to support these populations, and how we as a public health community can continue to promote the health and rights of transgender people.

Photo credit: The Gender Spectrum Collection.


  • Headshot of Alejandra Caraballo

    Alejandra Caraballo

    Clinical Instructor, Cyberlaw Clinic Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School

  • Headshot of Dallas Ducar

    Dallas Ducar

    Chief Executive Officer, Transhealth

  • Headshot of Caroline Medina

    Caroline Medina

    Director, LGBTQI+ Policy, Center for American Progress

  • Headshot of Ames Simmons

    Ames Simmons

    Senior Fellow, Duke University School of Law

  • Headshot of Valentine TreAndre

    Tre'Andre Carmel Valentine

    Executive Director, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

  • Headshot of Kam Burns

    Kam Burns

    Co-founder and Board Member, Trans Journalists Association (MODERATOR)


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