Dr. Kristopher Wells
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
Dr. Kristopher Wells specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, education, health, sport and culture. He is one of the driving forces behind the creation of many ground-breaking initiatives including PrideTape and NoHomophobes.com, which has been featured across the world in more than 50 publications including the Economist, Atlantic, Independent and Guardian. Dr. Wells is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. He has served as an expert scientific consultant to the Federal Government of Canada, Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, RCMP, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, World Health Organization and many provincial and municipal governments across Canada. Currently, Dr. Wells serves as the co-editor of the International Journal of LGBT Youth, which is the world’s leading research publication on LGBT youth. His early career work has been recognized with over 50 scholarly and community awards and recognitions including the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award, University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion.
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Wells, K. (2019). The straight facts: Eight common myths and misconceptions about LGBTQ2 youth [Editor’s Pick]. EdCan Network/Canadian Educational Association. Ottawa, ON.
Wells, K. (2018). Transgender teachers: The personal, pedagogical, and political. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(12), 1543-1581. doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1380989
Wells, K. (2017). Sexual minority teachers as activist-educators for social justice. International Journal of LGBT Youth, 14(3), 266-295. doi: 10.1080/19361653.2017.1324344
Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2016). Sexual and gender minorities in Canadian education and society, 1969-2013: A national handbook for K-12 educators. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
Grace, A. P., & Wells, K. (2015). Growing into resilience: Sexual and gender minority youth in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
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