Sean Cahill

Sean Cahill

Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute

Sean Cahill, Ph.D., is Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute. He teaches public policy at New York University and political science at Northeastern University. Cahill serves on the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth. Cahill led policy research at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute from 1999 to 2007, and led policy research and prevention efforts at Gay Men's Health Crisis from 2007 to 2011. Cahill is coauthor, with Harvey Makadon, of "Sexual orientation and gender identity data collection in clinical settings and in Electronic Health Records: A key to ending LGBT health disparities," in LGBT Health (September 2013). He is coauthor, with Jason Cianciotto, of LGBT Youth in America's Schools (2012, University of Michigan Press).

Moving Toward LGBT Equality in Public Policy

Sean Cahill will give an overview of the public policy landscape on LGBT issues. Significant advances toward LGBT equality will be a key legacy of the Obama Administration. In addition to marriage equality, the end of the military ban and hate crimes legislation, Cahill will describe key policy changes that get less attention but that are significantly improving LGBT people's lives: same-sex spousal recognition under immigration and other federal policies, federal housing nondiscrimination protections, initiatives to ensure LGBT elders access affirming senior services, and the Affordable Care Act, which is disproportionately benefitting LGBT people and people living with HIV. Steps to expand data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity in surveys and health care settings will also be addressed.

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