The Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy (or MPIPP), a new partner organization of Affirmations, is sponsoring a conference on Saturday, May 4, that will focus on using social science research to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
According to Dr. Judith Kovach, Project Director for MPIPP, “The WAVES OF COURAGE conference will underscore the important role of allies in the equality movement. Using social science research to understand and reduce prejudice towards members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and their allies is one of the most important tools we have.”
“We’re thrilled that this conference will feature two nationally prominent speakers: Dr. Glenda Russell and Dr. Clinton Anderson,” said Kovach. “They will be sharing areas of expertise in ways that are both informative and engaging. The conference will focus on specific research that integrates the theoretical with the practical to improve the health and well being of those who are LGBT and their allies in order to reduce prejudice.”
In describing the conference speakers, Kovach said, “Dr. Glenda Russell, a psychologist, is a highly-regarded researcher, author of books and journal articles, and professor at the University of Colorado. Glenda takes a broad view of therapy and she is especially fascinated by the importance of the intersection of people and their social environments. Dr. Clinton Anderson is the director of the American Psychological Association’s LGBT Concerns office.”
Kovach also noted, “Clinton is a frequent guest speaker and often quoted in the media regarding peer-reviewed and generally well-accepted research on LGBT issues, such as marriage equality and reparative therapy.”
In addition to the presentations, the conference will include collaborative art and conclude with an interactive music session.
Dave Garcia, Director of Affirmations, said, “We’re very pleased to be the host site for a conference of this importance to LGBT people. We will be following up this conference with other activities in the coming months that are important to both the LGBT and ally communities.”