The Humanities and Medicine Seminar was renamed Babs Siperstein Humanities and Medicine Seminar in honor of Barbra (Babs) Casber Siperstein (1942-2019), a transgender activist based in New Jersey. She advocated for marriage equality, workplace discrimination reforms, and amendments to discrimination laws in order to better protect transgender people.
The landmark Babs Siperstein Law, named for Siperstein, went into effect February 1, 2019. The law streamlines the process for New Jerseyans to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, removing the outdated and invasive “proof of surgery” requirement; adding a third gender option (“X” for non-binary/undesignated); and removing the provider certification and replacing it with Self Attestation.
Gary Paul Wright established the AAOGC in Newark, NJ in 2001. He will discuss the history of this agency and its evolving mission, serving as a resource to insure that men of color, who identify themselves as gay, bisexual, transgender and gender flued have access to HIV/AIS prevention services.
October 19, 2020
"Building Bridges": LGBTQ Law Enforcement Liaisons and Their Work
Presenters: Lieutenant John Hayes, NJ State Police Academy & Police Officer Connor Johnson, Morristown Bureau of Police
Police Officers across New Jersey now receive training on hot to interact with LGBTQ people. This new initiative is expected to protect residents from discrimination based on gender identity. Lt. Hayes is the first openly gay male NJ trooper and the LGBTQ liaison with State Police. Officer Johnson is the first openly transgender police officer in New Jersey. NJ Attorney General issued the directive "Law Enforcement Interactions with Transgender People" on November 20, 2019.
November 16, 2020 (special event honoring Babs Siperstein)
The health of LGBTQ+ People and Populations in the During, Before, and After the COVID-19
Perry Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health & Kristen D. Trause, PhD, MPH
The authors will discuss their research on longiituginal perspective on health challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ population vis-a-vis the COVID-19 crisis. They will also discuss prevention and testing, mental issues and care, and available resources.
December 14, 2020
Breaking the Binary: Prioritizing Transgender Gender Non-Confirming/Gender healthcare
Bianca Mayes. Planned Parenthood Federation
September 23, 2019
Facial Reconstruction in Gender Affirmation Surgery
Dr. Joseph Vella. RWJMS, Rutgers University
October 21, 2019
Learning from Millennial Trans Men: A (Baby boomer) Sociologist's Story
Distinguished Professor Arlene Stein. Sociology Dept., Rutgers University
November 25, 2019
Negotiating Narratives: Reflective Dialogues
Jason Allen. Principal and Facilitator of xCHANGEs
December 17, 2019
From Priscilla to Northern Lights: Advancing Transgender Health through Education
Dr. Ole-Petter Hamnvik. Brigham Young Women's Hospital. Boston, MA
February 24, 2020
Hurdles Young Transgender Individuals and their Families Face During the Affirmation Process
Dr. Ian Marshall, RWJMS, Rutgers University
Strategies for Optimism and Positivity in the face of challenge
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