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Expertise: LGBT issues, youth homelessness, health disparities

Laura E. Durso is Senior Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities, data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity, and improving the social and economic status of LGBT people through public policy.

Prior to joining American Progress, Laura was a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, where she conducted research on the LGBT community, including LGBT homeless and at-risk youth, poor and low-income LGBT people, and the business impact of LGBT-supportive policies. Earlier in her career, Laura conducted research on the health impact of weight-based discrimination. Her research has been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, including Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Obesity, and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and she has presented her work at both national and international conferences.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

By Laura E. Durso
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Making Paid Leave Work for Every FamilyCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2016
Policymakers should take seriously the need to make all LGBT stories visible through dataThe Hill September 20, 2016
Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing LGBTQ YouthRewireSeptember 14, 2016
How Police Fail to ‘Protect and Serve’ LGBTQ Communities of ColorThe RootSeptember 7, 2016
Expanding Support Systems for Socially Isolated LGBT and American Indian SeniorsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2016
Turning Shock and Grief for Orlando into ActionMediumJune 15, 2016
North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic ActivityCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2016
How to Collect Data About LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2016
Our Issues Must Be Part of Criminal Justice ReformThe AdvocateMarch 3, 2016
Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless SheltersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2016
LGBT Inclusion in SportsCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2015
Restoring the BalanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2015
Why LGBT People Can Still Face Credit DiscriminationCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2015
Filling in the Map: The Need for LGBT Data CollectionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Expanding Protections for LGBT People Strengthens Protections for Us AllCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2015
Building a More Inclusive National Park System for All AmericansCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2015
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Bad for BusinessCenter for American ProgressMarch 31, 2015
Fact Sheets: Comprehensive Nondiscrimination ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2015
We the PeopleCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2014
Moving the NeedleCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2014
Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby DecisionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2014
A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby LobbyCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2014
Arizona, Immigration, and LGBT Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the UglyCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2014
Affordable Care Act Outreach: Targeted Communication Strategies for LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressNovember 22, 2013
Business Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—Fact Not FictionCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2013
Infographic: Americans Agree on ENDACenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2013
LGBT Communities and the Affordable Care ActCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2013
Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet Needs of LGBT Homeless YouthCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2013