Past Event

Panel Discussion: "Sex Is as Sex Does" with Author Paisley Currah

September 21, 2022
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Jerome Greene Hall, 435 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 102B

Panel Discussion: "Sex Is As Sex Does" with Author Paisley Currah

Featuring Paisley Currah, Katherine Franke, and Che Gossett

Moderated by Kendall Thomas

Every government agency in the United States, from Homeland Security to the Departments of Motor Vehicles, has the authority to make its own rules for sex classification. Many transgender people find themselves in the bizarre situation of having different sex classifications on different documents. Whether you can change your legal sex to "F" or "M" (or more recently "X") depends on what state you live in, what jurisdiction you were born in, and what government agency you're dealing with. In this panel discussion centered on noted transgender advocate and scholar Paisley Currah's new book, Sex Is As Sex Does, Currah will be joined by Professor Katherine Franke and Che Gossett to explore this deeply flawed system, and discuss why it fails transgender and non-binary people.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Jerome Greene Hall 102B



Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis, RSVPs do not guarantee admission. This event will be livestreamed on the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law's YouTube channel.

Each attendee must reserve their own ticket in their name in order to be able to check in with Public Safety at Columbia Law School. In-Person ticket sales will end at 3:00PM on Tuesday, September 20th.

All attendees must show either a CUID (CU affiliates) or vaccination record (non-affiliate) for entry to the event.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference

Contact Information

Columbia U ISSG