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Expertise: LGBT issues, youth homelessness, health disparities

Laura E. Durso is the vice president 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, Durso was a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute at University of California, Los Angeles 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, Durso 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
HHS Proposal Puts Millions of Americans at Risk of Discrimination When Accessing Federally Funded ServicesCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2019
LGBTQ Dreamers Fear Detention and Deportation and Need DACA’s ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2019
The Dire Consequences of the Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender People’s Access to SheltersCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2019
Going Bold to Protect LGBTQ EqualityCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2019
Faith Leaders Rally in Support of the Equality ActCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2019
Welcoming All FamiliesCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2018
Protecting Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ PeopleCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2018
The State of the LGBTQ Community in the Labor Market: Pre-June 2018 Jobs Day ReleaseCenter for American ProgressJuly 5, 2018
Serving LGBTQ Immigrants and Building Welcoming CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2018
How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil RightsCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2017
The Harms of Refusing Service to LGBTQ People and Other Marginalized CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2017
People Need Paid Leave Policies That Cover Chosen FamilyCenter for American ProgressOctober 30, 2017
Ivanka Trump’s Report Card on Women’s and Working Families’ IssuesCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2017
Advancing LGBTQ Equality Through Local Executive ActionCenter for American ProgressAugust 25, 2017
Who Seeks Religious Accommodations to Providing Contraceptive Coverage?Center for American ProgressAugust 11, 2017
Data Move Us Closer to Full Equality by Speaking for Those Who Cannot: Advocating for LGBT Older AdultsAmerican Journal of Public HealthJuly 12, 2017
The Senate Health Care Bill Would Be Devastating for LGBTQ PeopleCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2017
Widespread Discrimination Continues to Shape LGBT People’s Lives in Both Subtle and Significant WaysCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2017
Why Repealing the Affordable Care Act Is Bad Medicine for LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2017
The Trump Administration Is Rolling Back Data Collection on LGBT Older AdultsCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2017
Tom Price Would Jeopardize LGBT People’s Health and WellnessCenter for American ProgressJanuary 18, 2017
Virginia bathroom bill is even worse than North Carolina’sThe Washington PostJanuary 9, 2017
Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions Threatens Basic LGBT RightsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2017
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