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Saying Yes to Change

Being in the right place at the right time can not just change your life, it can change the lives of the people around you and even people you’ll never meet. Such is the case with Stephen Russell, PhD: president of the Society for Research on Adolescence, director of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences and “the gay researcher.”

That reputation started in the late 90s, when Russell began publishing the first large-scale health data on sexual minority youth. By 2008, when California passed the Safe Place to Learn Act named for his report on persistent problems for those kids in school, the moniker was fully his.

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