[PAST EVENT] Mason D&I Perspectives Series: LGBTQ+ Perspectives Panel

November 12, 2020
12pm - 1pm

In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination based on gender also applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This landmark ruling came five years after the Court ruled that the United States Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. Both of these rulings have had and will continue to have a profound impact on the American workplace and the American way of life.

On November 12 at noon, a panel of scholars will discuss the hard-fought battles waged by so many in the 20th century that laid a foundation for these 21st century rulings, as well as the challenges the future holds for LGBTQ+ workers. Please join us for this next event presented by the Mason Diversity & Inclusion Committee as part of the Perspectives series. 

Our panel includes:

Leisa Meyer, Ph.D., Director of American Studies; Community Studies Professor of History, American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at William & Mary. Dr. Meyer is the author of Creating G.I. Jane: Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II (1996). 

Ian Lekus, Ph.D., LGBT Thematic Specialist, Amnesty International USA. Dr. Lekus formerly taught at Harvard University and is the author of the forthcoming Queer and Present Dangers: Sexuality, Masculinity, and the Sixties.

Jerry “Jay” Watkins, Ph.D., Lecturer in History at William & Mary. Dr. Watkins is the author of Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism (2018).

Moderated by James Boswell, Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Executive Partner at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business.