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UCLA's sexual orientation and gender identity think-tank to celebrate 10th anniversary

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA's academic research center on sexual orientation and gender identity, The Williams Institute, will celebrate it 10th anniversary next month.

As a national think-tank housed at UCLA's School of Law, the Institute works to advance sexual orientation law and public policy through independent research and scholarship. The Williams Institute disseminates its findings to judges, legislators, policy-makers, media and the public.

The Institute will celebrate this milestone at its annual conference, to be held April 7-9.

The conference will include keynote addresses by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., and U.S. Census Director Robert M. Groves.

Other expert panels will be presented on topics such as employment discrimination, parenting, health disparities, same-sex marriage and social movements.

According to The Williams Institute, Congresswoman Chu has been a steadfast advocate of equality for her LGBT constituents. Chu began her career as an educator and taught psychology at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College for 20 years. She was first elected to the Garvey School District Board of Education in the 1980's and then was elected to the Moterey Park City Council, where she also served as Mayor for three terms.

Groves, while leading the Census Bureau, is leading a research program designed to improve the accuracy and validity of data collected about same-sex couples. According to the Williams Institute, Groves' research will be critical to the work of the Institute. The Institute also noted that an unprecedented effort to outreach to the LGBT community took place during the 2010 Census count, including educational outreach materials produced through collaboration between the Williams Institute and Census Bureau.

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