Advances and Challenges in Capturing LGBTQ Communities and Voices


Webinar, CA

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This Lunch&Learn session features a panel on the evolution of the advances and challenges in capturing the voices of LGBTQ communities. We will explore the role of intersectionality, data-driven decision-making, and current challenges in capturing LGBTQ voices in research.


12:00-12:05 PM Welcome & Introductions
12:05-12:45 PM Lecture
12:45-12:55 PM Moderated Q&A
12:55-1:00 PM Closing and upcoming sessions

Featured Speaker

Circular head shot of panelist Shantel Buggs

Dr. Shantel Gabrieal Buggs is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Florida State University. Her research focuses on race, gender, culture, and intimacy employing a Black feminist and critical race theory approach. Her primary research agenda explores multiracial women’s online dating experiences and conceptions of interracial relationships. She has published in a variety of academic outlets and regularly contributes to the online platform for the feminist magazine, Bitch . She has co-edited special issues for Teaching Sociology and Information, Communication and Society and currently is co-editing a collection of LGBTQIA+ perspectives on consent in the Me Too era, which is under contract at Rutgers University Press.



Circular head shot of panelist Nicole Denier




Dr. Nicole Denier is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta, specializing in Work, Economy, and Society. Her research focuses on the labour market as both an engine and site of social transformation. Dr. Denier is particularly interested in the interplay between social and economic inequality. To this end, she is currently working with collaborators to carry out a comprehensive mixed methods project on gender and sexual orientation inequality in Canadian workplaces.




Circular head shot of panelist Claire Kamp Dush



Dr. Claire Kamp Dush is Professor at the Minnesota Population Center and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. A family demographer with expertise in intimate relationships and health, she is the principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health-funded data collections. The first project, with Dr. Wendy Manning, is the National Couples’ Health and Time Study, the first fully powered, population representative study of cohabiting and married sexual and gender diverse individuals in the United States with a comparison sample of married and cohabiting cis-heterosexual individuals, and their partners, as well. The second project, with Dr. Miles Taylor, is a data collection for the third repeated cross-section the Marital Instability across the Life Course and the Work and Family Life 2000 study to examine age-period-cohort models of marriage and health.



Circular head shot of panelist Gary J Gates



Dr. Gary J. Gates is a recognized expert on the geography and demography of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. Justice Anthony Kennedy cited Gates’ friend-of-the-court brief in his US Supreme Court majority opinion holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage. Gates co-authored The Gay and Lesbian Atlas and has published extensively on the demographic and economic characteristics of the LGBT population. National and international media outlets regularly feature his work. He retired as a Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. Gates currently serves as an Associate Vintner at Timbre Winery and enjoys cooking and photography in his retirement at his home in Ireland.



This is the second Lunch&Learn session of the 2021-22 Training Year. The Lunch&Learn series is designed to introduce our Fellows, team members, and partners to emerging research in topics of population dynamics and population aging. These modules will cover the Four CAnD3 Population Aging Axes: (1) family and social inclusion; (2) education, labour and inequality; (3) migration and ethnicity; and (4) wellbeing and autonomy. 

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