84.6% of LGBTQ students in the US have reported being verbally harassed and threatened because of their sexual orientation. A lecture with Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at the LGBTQ Center talks about the issue of LGBTQ bullying in schools. Laura will take us through some key terminologies, the prevalence of LGBTQ bullying, and how to address this problem. Lastly, Laura will speak about school laws and ways educators, parents, and administration can get involved.
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Laura Kanter joined the LGBT Center OC in 2011. She has worked as a middle and high school counselor in Santa Ana Unified School District. Laura’s post-graduate work included research on the experiences of LGBT youth and the best policies and practices to support them. She is an advocate and activist who has fought for marriage equality, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the rights of Transgender students, school discipline policies, restorative justice and immigration reform. She is a Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and was given the OC Weekly 2012 award for Best Voice for the Little Gay in Orange County. Laura has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
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