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Queer and Trans Issues in Public Policy (QTiPP)


Over the past few years, LGBTQ rights have advanced by leaps and bounds, only outpaced by changing conceptual frameworks and terminologies around gender identity and sexual orientation. President Obama became the first president to ever use the words “lesbian,” “bisexual” and “transgender,” indicating the rising profile of these issues in American politics and the broadening of the conversation to include other marginalized members of the LGBTQ community. No longer are individuals identifying as only gay or lesbian, trans, but also as poly, queer, genderqueer, non-binary to name a few. These issues will only continue to grow in significance in years to come, as greater visibility forces more Americans to recognize and confront their own prejudices.

QTiPP provides a forum for discussion of policies having an impact on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults and youth. It is the purpose of this organization to ensure that policy issues which disparately impact the LGBTQ community are recognized and addressed at Goldman.

***This group welcomes all GSPP students, whether ally or LGBTQ-identified***


The members of QTiPP are proud to host annual workshops for faculty, staff and students, on topics ranging from intersections of race and LGBTQ identity in hate violence, the climate towards LGBTQ topics at GSPP and workforce/hiring discrimination targeting LGBTQ applicants and employees. 

Previously, QTiPP has hosted forums with guest speakers at the Goldman School on hot topics impacting the LGBT community, including:

  • California's Proposition 8
  • Domestic partnership policies
  • International policies on sexual orientation
  • Issues affecting gay youth
  • Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)


For QTiPP-related questions, please contact quipp-gspp@lists.berkeley.edu

Leadership Team

Hannah Melnicoe

Hayley Raetz

Reecca Sigel

Elijah Wood