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October 26, 2016
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EXPERT ALERT: Laurier researcher on gay-straight alliances & impact on LGBT youth available for comment

Jun 5/12| For Immediate Release


Robb Travers, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Wilfrid Laurier University
416-405-8076 or 519-496-8399


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or

WATERLOO – In Ontario, Premier McGuinty has emphasized that new anti-bullying legislation accords the right for high school students to establish gay-straight alliances.

Laurier assistant Psychology professor Robb Travers is investigating to what extent GSAs help lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) students overcome vulnerability and challenge bullying.

Few in North America are unaware of the tragic potential of bullying in school, especially the bullying of gay students or those perceived to be gay.

Travers is looking closely at high school gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and their impact on LGBT youth in schools.

Travers’ study focuses on the psychological and social effects of GSAs on reducing some of the impacts of bullying on LGBT high school students. Specifically, he is involved in a study of Waterloo Region secondary schools.

Travers is asking the questions: What is the impact of GSAs on gay youth and on the school environment? How effective are they as a bullying intervention?

Travers can be reached today for comment at (416) 405-8076 or (519) 496-8399 (cell).


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