Day of Dialogue: Impacts of the 2016 Election on the Sociopolitical Climate and the LGBTQ+ Community

This panel will focus on the sociopolitical climate in the years following the 2016 election and its impacts on the LGBTQ+ community. The current sociopolitical climate and presidential administration have offered some important victories for the LGBTQ+ community, namely, the June 15, 2020 victory ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination on the basis of sex. However, many prohibitive laws and efforts have taken place in the same time period. These include the February 2017 rescission of transgender restroom protections, which took place only a few weeks after President Trump took office. Other similarly drastic impacts include the reinstated ban on transgender troops serving in the military, implemented in April 2019, and the June 2019 ruling removing nondiscrimination protections from gender minorities in healthcare settings. Challenges, such as disproportionate rates of violence against the transgender community, particularly trans women of color, healthcare discriminations against LGBTQ+ patients, and homelessness for transgender youth, are ongoing problems in serious need of attention. Resulting and ongoing needs for the LGBTQ+ community for the 2020 election will be highlighted, with a focus on how the larger US community can assist in the effort for increased equality and access for all. 

This panel is led by Alicia Bosley, faculty and a mentor in Hofstra’s LGBT Studies program, who is a practicing marriage and family therapist specializing in working with the LGBTQ+ community. Panelists include recognized and active leaders in the LGBTQ+ communities of Long Island and NYC. 

Panel Discussion:
Juli Gray-Owens (she/her/hers)
Board Chair & Executive Director, Gender Equality New York, Inc (GENY)
Aidan Kaplan, LMSW (he/him/his)
LGBTQ Services Manager, Pride for Youth (PFY), Long Island Crisis Center
Kristy LaRocca, (she/her/hers)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Owner of Live Your Truth Counseling - specializing in LGBTQ+ populations

ModeratorAlicia Bosley, LMFT (she/her/hers)
CCE Board Member; Assistant Professor and Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Hofstra University

The Center for Civic Engagement presents Day of Dialogue: The State of the United States: Our Issues and Election 2020. In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, Day of Dialogue invites conversation about issues important to a wide variety of communities. Many are considered through the perspective of specific problems and policies. The entire day will be hosted on Zoom, which makes each session convenient to attend. Please come and join the discussion. Let your voice be heard, while engaging others who think differently.


Date: October 28, 2020

Time:  10-11 a.m.

Location: virtual

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
Offered online
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


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