Jocelyn Samuels is the executive director of the Williams Institute. From July of 2014 through the beginning of 2017, Samuels was the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she oversaw civil rights enforcement with respect to hospitals, healthcare providers, insurers, and human services agencies. In that role, Samuels spearheaded development of regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act—the first broad-based federal law to prohibit sex discrimination in federally-funded healthcare. The regulations that she developed represented a groundbreaking development for LGBT equality, protecting LGBT individuals by prohibiting discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity.
Mathew Shurka, Alphonso David, and Jocelyn Samuels discuss the practice of conversion therapy and talk about their advocacy efforts and dedication to raising awareness about this issue.
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