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Sociologists Available to Discuss Passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2013 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mary Bernstein is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. A past chair of ASA’s Section on the Sociology of Sexualities, Bernstein has authored and edited a variety of publications on the LGBT community including: Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law; Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State; and “Sexual Citizenship and the Pursuit of Relationship-Recognition Policies in Australia and the United States.” She is also co-editor of the 2013 book, The Marrying Kind? Debating Same-Sex Marriage within the Lesbian and Gay Movement.

Brian Powell is the James H. Rudy Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. Powell is the lead author of the 2010 book, Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family, which explores Americans’ public opinion regarding same-sex families and same-sex marriage.

Amy  L. Stone is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Her 2012 book, Gay Rights at the Ballot Box, focuses on how activists in political campaigns fight anti-gay initiatives. Stone has also conducted research on transgender inclusion in municipal non-discrimination laws. 


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