The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law begins its fall colloquium series exploring the role that law and policy can play in advancing trans people’s rights and ensuring that they are able to lead their lives fully, as respected and integrated members of the community.

The transgender rights movement has made significant progress in recent years, particularly as trans people become more visible throughout the U.S. Yet trans people continue to face widespread discrimination within the foundational systems and institutions of American society, including in the context of identity document requirements, education, employment, and health care.

Distinguished guests will address topics including health care rights under the Affordable Care Act, gender identity and public health, legal identity, and workplace challenges.

The O’Neill Institute Colloquium, offered annually, is an interdisciplinary course that draws from the work of scholars, policymakers, and the general health community.


Kellan Baker, MA, MPH, Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Bryanna Jenkins, MA is a transgender activist and founding member of Baltimore Transgender Alliance

Amy Nelson, JD, Director of Patient Legal Services at Whitman-Walker Health, Whitman-Walker Health


Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Rachel See, JD, Lead Technology Counsel, National Labor Relations Board