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Transgender Issues and Resources: Babs Siperstein Humanities & Medicine Seminar

Select resources on Transgender and LGBTQ+ Issues available at Rutgers University Libraries. Some of the resources are licensed only for Rutgers affiliates and on-campus use.

Barbra (Babs) Casber Siperstein

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The law streamlines the process for New Jerseyans to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, removing the outdated and invasive “proof of surgery” requirement; adding a third gender option (“X” for non-binary/undesignated); and removing the provider certification and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.

Fall 2020 Seminar Schedule

September 21, 2020 
Becoming Gender-Inclusive: An Agency Evolves
Presenter: Gary Paul Wright. Founder and Director of the AAOGC: African American Office of Gay Concerns

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

Fall 2019 Seminar Schedule

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 


Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule (TBD)

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

Diane Uniman


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