New episode of Ms. Magazine’s On The Issues with Michele Goodwin Podcast on LGBTQ Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 20, 2020

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a new issues- and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication.

In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—Beyond Marriage: The Fight for LGBTQ Rights—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and MsMagazine.com.

The use of religious liberty to justify discrimination against LGBTQ people is nothing new—and marriage is far from the only issue on the line. The Trump administration has worked to discriminate against gay parents in foster care and adoption, take away vital healthcare under the ACA, and prevent transgender people from serving in the military, among many other attacks. And it’s not limited to the federal government, either: This year we have seen clear, coordinated efforts at the state level to legalize discrimination. What’s at stake for members of the LGBTQ community in the coming elections?

Dr. Goodwin is joined by Jessica Clarke, professor of law, FedEx research professor and co-director of the George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt University Law School; T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and community organizer; and Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender rights.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“The reality is that people’s identities are compound and fluid and non-binary and multidimensional and intersectional.” —Jessica Clarke, professor of law & co-director of the George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt University Law School

“My journey from 14 on up entailed being chased home, being beaten, fighting—things that really are not uncommon for many LGBTQ members of our community.” —T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator & community organizer

“We should be incredibly concerned about how vulnerable young people are going to be attacked, not just in schools by bullies, but by the government and in such insidious ways as these bills, which would make it a felony to provide the care that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the APA all say is part of the standards of care.” —Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. magazine and on MsMagazine.com. She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood, is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to create the feminism of the future.

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Launched in 1971, Ms. is the most trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online with a tradition of in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis. Ms. is wholly owned and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation.