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June 15, 2016

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June 15, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – On June 12, 49 people were killed and 53 injured at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooting is the largest mass shooting in American history.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on this attack:

LGBTQ Rights

Robb Travers, associate professor and chair in Laurier’s Health Science and Psychology program, is an expert on transgender and LGBTQ communities. He is a co-principal investigator with the Trans PULSE project, a community-based research project that was established to respond to problems within Ontario transgender communities regarding access to health and social services. Contact information: 519-884-0710 x3276 or

Michael Woodford, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on bullying and discrimination targeting LGBTQ youth. Woodford’s research explores the nature of LGBTQ bullying and its consequences in terms of mental health, physical health and academic engagement and success. Contact information: (cell) 519-998-4514 or

American Politics

Barry Kay, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Political Science, is an expert on American politics. Kay is available to comment on a variety of topics surrounding the 2016 American election. Contact information: 519-886-5668. 

Religious Extremism/Islamophobia 

Jasmin Zine, professor in Laurier’s Sociology program, is an expert on Muslim youth, Islamophobia, religious extremism and the new imperialism. Contact information:

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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