Matthew Shepard Lecturer Talks Transgender Rights – By Eric Nickeson-Mendheim

Being told to find Jesus is not the kind of response someone calling for a lawyer wants. But in his lecture “Beyond Equality,” the fifth annual Matthew Shepard Lecture, Seattle University professor Dean Spade, JD, discussed the discrimination that still exists towards people of sexual minorities.

“Lots of services either close their doors or only let people in if they stop being themselves,” he said. “What this leads to is criminalization. I had lots of trans people that wouldn’t get lawyers calling them back, just telling them to find other kinds of help or Jesus.”