Full Spectrum Diversity: Inclusive Culture, Gender Acceptance, and Creative Expression For All with Dr. Perry Halkitis & Don Haider-Markel/h2>

Original Air Date Wednesday, October 21, 2020


If you are a parent of a young adult, you might hear discussions about gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual identity in your household.

Or, maybe there is radio silence in that department but as a person who works in substance abuse and trauma recovery, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen hears challenges with young adults daily. During this podcast, she speaks with two experts in equal rights and equal opportunities for LGBT and transgender communities. Dr. Perry Halkitis is the Founder and Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies. He shares how people can support loved ones who are exploring their identity and orientation. And, Don Haider-Markel is Professor and Chair of political science at the University of Kansas. He explains how public policies affect LGBT and transgender communities and the progress the U.S. has made in these areas since the 1990s.

Dr. Perry Halkitis — Ask Questions, Don’t Assume: 
  • Art is the harbinger of different gender and sexual identities into general acknowledgement. [4:11]
  • Aligning with a gender may be more difficult in cities than in rural environments. [6:25]
  • Defining sexual identity, gender identity, and those who were born in the binary world. [9:20]
  • How to support those going through gender or sexual exploration? [16:04]
  • The importance of safe environments for healthy sexual expression. [24:12]
  • Simple ways to become sensitized and connect with loved ones. [29:16]

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.S., MPH is a public health psychologist, researcher, educator, and advocate who is Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University. Dr. Halkitis is the founder and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS).

Book: Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation



Perry Halkitis Website

@DrPNHalkitis on Twitter

@DrPNHalkitis on Instagram



Don Haider-Markel — Building an Inclusive Culture Through Policy:

  • Anti-discrimination laws for transgender communities began emerging at local and state levels, with major progress made in 2005. [35:42]
  • The benefits of a society offering equal rights and equal opportunities for all. [44:28]
  • Public health policies that affect LGBT and transgender communities. [47:43]
  • While the U.S. seems polarized right now, the Supreme Court has made landmark decisions that benefit the LGBT and transgender communities. [48:42]
  • Why as a Political Science Professor, Don finds it challenging to explain the erosion of the democratic system above and beyond the two main political parties. [52:56]

Don Haider-Markel is Professor and Chair of political science at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching is focused on the representation of group interests in politics and policy, and the dynamics between public opinion, political behavior, and public policy.

Book: Legislating Morality in America: Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies  



Don HaiderMarkel Professor Page @KU

@DHMarkel on Twitter


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