Unfinished Business:
An Atlantic LGBTQ Summit

November 16, 2016
Washington, DC

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Progress in the United States has been stunning: LGBTQ Americans can now serve openly on the military's front lines; LGBTQ characters are front and center on television and in mainstream movies; same-sex couples can marry. And yet, there is still far to go to fully actualize equality for LGBTQ people. As the last year has shown, LGBTQ movements are now at a crossroads with how to approach the unanswered questions and unfinished business.

From so-called bathroom bills in North Carolina to religious freedom laws in Indiana, The Atlantic convened a series of wide-ranging conversations to explore the ways the politics behind gender and sexuality impact American lives. The Atlantic explored the complexities of the national conversation on equal rights, from national security to pop culture. By gathering policymakers, activists and leaders driving the news to discuss critical issues across the spectrum of communities, The Atlantic dove into what it means to be LGBTQ today.

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  • Wednesday, November 16
  • 2:00 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:05 p.m.A New CourseNathaniel Frank, What We Know Project, Columbia Law School
    Hayden Mora, Principal, The Parallax Group
    With Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor,
  • 2:40 p.m.StoryCorpsDavid Isay, Founder and President, StoryCorps
    With Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 3:05 p.m.Masculinity in the MoonlightBarry Jenkins, Filmmaker, Moonlight
    With Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
  • 3:40 p.m.Civil RightsVanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
    With Carrie Johnson, Justice Correspondent, NPR
  • 4:10 p.m.Defending Religious FreedomKristina Arriaga, Executive Director, Becket Fund
    With Emma Green, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 4:40 p.m.Fighting Over School BathroomsGavin Grimm, High School Senior and Plaintiff, G.G. vs. Gloucester County School Board (by Skype)
    James Esseks, LGBT Project Director, ACLU
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 5:05 p.m.Building an Inclusive MilitaryEric Fanning, Secretary, U.S. Army
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 6:05 p.m.PrEP Michael Kharfen, Senior Deputy Director, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & TB Administration, DC Department of Public Health
    Eric Silverberg, Founder and CEO, Scruff
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 6:35 p.m.LGBTQ in EntertainmentJune Thomas, Culture Critic, Slate
    With Spencer Kornhaber, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 7:00 p.m.MovementsL'lerrét Ailith, Communications Manager, BYP100
    Kasey Suffredini, Chief Program Officer, Freedom For All Americans
    Catalina Velazquez, President, Consult Catalina
    With Emma Green, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 7:25 p.m.Closing Remarks Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE


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