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Podcast Interview Highlights Research on Gay/Straight Alliances

Feb. 3, 2012

Associate Professor N. Eugene Walls is featured in the University of Buffalo School of Social Work’s podcast series, Living Proof. In an interview with UB Associate Professor Diane Elze, Walls discusses research that he and his team of faculty, graduate students and community partners have been conducting on gay/straight alliances (GSAs) in schools and the impact of those GSAs on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

The podcast episode, "School engagement among sexual minority students: Allies, alliances and academic outcomes," reviews the findings of Walls' five published studies on the school experiences of LGBT youth and discusses the future direction of scholarship in this area. Conducted in collaboration Rainbow Alley, the youth program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado, the studies document the relationships between the presence of GSAs in schools and positive psychosocial outcomes for LGBT youth.

In the podcast interview, Walls also discusses the implications of his research findings for school social workers, educators and other adult allies of LGBT youth.

Access the podcast, then select Episode 89.