Law and Policy Impacts on LGBTQIA Health and Well-Being



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There are thousands of laws and policies (public, private, and institutional) impacting LGBTQIA people and their relationships. For example, laws recognizing relationships and nondiscrimination policies, and the discourse of the public debates about these issues, are part of the social context influencing interpersonal and individual well-being for LGBTQIA people and their family members and allies. In this talk, attendees will be introduced to several types of laws and policies that impact LGBTQIA people; be presented with summarized findings from research on the impact of some of these laws and policies; be given examples of understudied impacts; and talk about proposed legal and policy changes that could create positive benefits for the well-being of LGBTQIGNC people and their families. Also, it is important to recognize and discuss the disproportionately negative impact that discriminatory laws and policies may have on LGBTQIA people of color.

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Presented at the 2019 Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit held in Lubbock, Texas, March 22-24, 2019.


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