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The Center on Law, Equality and Race

Russell Robinson

“Divergent Identities”

Friday, March 20, 2015, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Reception to follow

UC Irvine School of Law ▪ EDU 1131 (map)

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Professor Russell Robinson is the Distinguished Haas Chair in LGBT Equity Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. During the 2014-15 school year, Professor Robinson is also the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a Fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

Image of Russell RobinsonProf. Robinson argues that the debate over same-sex marriage and LGBT equality and inclusion more generally has incompletely and insufficiently considered the importance of gender. Robinson hopes to call attention to the salience of gender and demonstrate how it fractures the lived experiences of same-sex couples, and also to encourage scholars to grapple with the knotty reality of persistent gender differences. He predicts that as same-sex marriage becomes more common, a gendered divide may become more apparent. Men may be less likely to form enduring relationships, less likely to marry, and potentially more likely to divorce. These relationship dynamics may make men more likely targets of “the afterlife of homophobia” and grant women greater access to respectability.

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