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Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth: The Stories and Numbers Project
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Lester Young B
This workshop presents the Stories and Numbers project, a new online tool for accessing resources related to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth in Texas schools. The purpose of the workshop is to orient school personnel to the resources covered on the website, highlighting the newest research on school policies, programs, and practices that are linked to positive adjustment and academic success for LGBTQ students, as well as ways to institute evidence-based safe school strategies. Attendees come way with action steps for implementing inclusive nondiscrimination policies and LGBTQ-related curricula, supporting Gender-Sexuality Alliances, and accessing professional development resources.
Meg Bishop, The University of Texas at Austin
Meg Bishop is a second year Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, working in Dr. Stephen Russell’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Health and Rights Lab. Meg’s research examines the factors that influence identity development, health, and well-being among LGBTQ+ populations. Meg's current projects focus on intersectional approaches to sexual and gender minority identity development and exploring how unique social locations shape development over time. Meg aims to produce rigorous research that informs programs and policies for eliminating disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ populations.
Rachel Gonzales has testified several times at the Texas Capitol, spoken at rallies and protests, and has maintained a local to national media presence in the fight for equality for transgender Texans. As the mother of a transgender child, equality for LGBTQ youth is her passion. She is delighted to be able to combine her passion with her background in cultural applied anthropology to advocate for the equal treatment of LGBTQ youth, providing support for families to be their own best advocates. She is an active member of Dallas-Fort Worth Trans Kids and Families (DFWTKF) and a member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Parents for Transgender Equality Council.
Stephen T. Russell, University of Texas at Austin
Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development and chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in adolescent and young adult health, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has served on the governing boards of the Society for Research in Child Development, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), National Council on Family Relations (he was elected fellow), the Society for Research on Adolescence (President, 2012-2014).