Expertise: LGBT issues, relationship recognition and marriage equality, race and ethnicity, LGBT health
Preston Mitchum is a Policy Analyst for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress.
Preston’s research interests include the intersection of race, sexual orientation, poverty, and gender. Prior to joining American Progress, Preston served as the Project Associate of the Behavioral Health Initiative at the National Coalition for LGBT Health, where he served as a researcher and identified short and long-term strategies for translating LGBT-inclusive behavioral health policy, cultural competency training, and theory into practice.
Preston has published several articles including: Homophobia as a Public Health Hazard: Gender Identities, Sexual Orientation, and The Human Right to Health (Health Law and Policy Brief), and Screaming to be Heard: Black Feminism and the Fight for a Voice from the 1950s – 1970s (Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives). Preston’s most recent publication, Slapping the Hand of Cultural Relativism: Female Genital Mutilation, Male Dominance, and Health as a Human Rights Framework (William & Mary Journal of Women & the Law) tackles the complexities of cultural relativity and universal human rights.
Preston has received a LL.M. in Law and Government from American University Washington College of Law. He also holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University. Preston resides in Washington, D.C.