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May 29, 2018
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – While not every community celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pride at the same time, an increasing number of cities, including Toronto, Waterloo Region and Brantford, mark Pride Month with various events in June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts who can speak about Pride Month and topics related to the LGBTQ communities.

Michael Woodford, associate professor of social work, is an expert on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ youth. Woodford’s research explores how contemporary discrimination can increase LGBTQ youth's risk for poor mental health and other negative outcomes, as well as the factors that can foster resilience to discrimination. Contact: 519.998.4514 or mwoodford@wlu.ca. Read more about his work.

Robb Travers, associate professor and chair of Laurier’s Department of Health Sciences, is an expert on transgender and LGBTQ communities. He is principal investigator of the OutLook Study, which investigated the experiences of LGBTQ people in Waterloo Region, and one of the principal investigators of the Trans PULSE project, which investigates the impact of social exclusion and discrimination on the health of trans people in Ontario.  Contact: 519-884-0710 x3276, 519.496.8399 or rtravers@wlu.ca. Read more about the OutLook Study.

Jeffrey Aguinaldo, associate professor of sociology, is an expert on gay men’s health, especially with respect to sexual health, recreational substance use, harm reduction, and service provision. He is also available for comment on the experiences of coming out as LGBTQ and the disclosure of HIV/AIDS. Contact: 519.884.0710 x3031 or jaguinalo@wlu.ca.

Todd Coleman, assistant professor of Health Sciences, is an expert on LGBTQ community health, HIV/AIDS, and sexual health. He is available for comment on LGBTQ community health, the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and on how health issues and access to health care differ according to sexual orientation and gender identities. Contact: tcoleman@wlu.ca 519.884.0710 x2127. 

Morgan Holmes, professor of sociology, is an expert on sexuality, health and social justice. She is available for comment on the experiences of intersex people and the ethics of the treatment of intersex minors. Contactmholmes@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x3363.

Simon Coulombe, assistant professor of psychology, is an expert on the well-being of and challenges facing people from marginalized communities, including LGBTQ people. He is available for comment on the role of housing and community mental health services and policies in understanding and reducing inequities. Contact: scoulombe@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x3082.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3070

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