GUEST: Tasseli McKay, MPH, Social Science Researcher, Center for Justice, Safety & Resilience at RTI International
Many local, state, and federal initiatives that have the potential to profoundly impact LGBTQ+ communities are under consideration in legislative bodies across the country. More than 200 bills seeking to limit the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals were introduced nationwide in 2016 alone. While the legislative intentions behind such initiatives are doubtless complex, debates surrounding them have been heated and often highly polarized—with some vocal proponents asserting a need for protection from potential harms perpetrated by “biological men in women’s bathrooms, showers or locker rooms” and others suggesting that members of LGBTQ+ communities might need protection from harm.
Given the complex debates surrounding these legislations, RTI Internationalsought to better understand the experiences of violence and victimization in the LGBTQ+ community by reviewing the existing research on the topic. The result is a report that presents evidence-based information to help draft policies that support those individuals most at-risk.
Tasseli McKay talks about the RTI study and discusses measures that support the overall welfare of LGBTQ+ community instead of increasing the bias and discrimination they face on an ongoing basis.
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MORE ABOUT TASSELI McKAY:
Tasseli McKay is a social science researcher with more than a decade of experience in public health research. Ms. McKay’s research examines intimate partner violence in marginalized communities; couple and family relationships in the context of justice system involvement; and strategies for improving health coverage and access to care among justice-involved persons. She has extensive experience in study design and instrument development; qualitative and quantitative analysis; and dissemination of findings through articles, issue briefs, technical reports, and presentations.