CLEAR will be publishing our annual newsletter in December 2019.  To be added to our mailing list, email us at To view CLEAR's December 2018 Newsletter, please click here. To learn about more recent events and projects, see below:

CLEAR Public Lecture Series: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

CLEAR will be holding our annual public lecture, titled "Racial Healing in Queer and Trans Communities: Challenging Privilege, Confronting Systemic Racism, and Engaging in Collective Healing" presented by Anneliese Singh, Ph.D., LPC, an award-winning social justice scholar and community organizer.

In this presentation, Dr. Singh describes ten core strategies of racial healing that queer and trans people can engage in to build toward collective liberation and racial justice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own racial healing to work more effectively with queer and trans clients and communities across multiple races/ethnicities and more effectively challenge structural racism within institutional settings. Attendees will receive hand-outs related to exploring racial privilege, confronting systemic racism, and engaging in collective healing.

Click here to find more information and register for the event.

LGBTQ+ Sampling Methodology Think Tank

On June 27, 2019 CLEAR in collaboration with Project RISE of the University of California, Santa Barbara, hosted the LGBTQ+ Sampling Methodology Think Tank. This exciting project brought together LGBTQ+ researchers from around the nation in order to discuss sampling methodology in the 21st century. 


During this event, we discussed challenges, barriers, and innovative solutions to the challenges of recruiting diverse LGBTQ+ participants in our current social and technological environment.  We also held a public discussion hour to disseminate this information and answer questions from other students and community members interested in this topic. If you are interested in listening to a recording of the discussion hour, please click here and you can find the presentation slides here


Moving forward, we will continue to disseminate this information, collaborate on publications and conference presentations, and hold future Think Tank events in order to continue to advance the field of LGBTQ+ research and, ultimately, to better serve our community. 


Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, including the community members who participated in our public discussion hour and Palo Alto University President, Maureen O' Connor, Ph.D., J.D., who hosted the Think Tank faculty and students for a reception after the event.


Think Tank Organizers

  • Kimberly Balsam, Ph.D., Palo Alto University

  • Tania Israel, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Sam del Castillo, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Elizabeth Savarese, Palo Alto University  


Think Tank Faculty

  • Kimberly Balsam, Ph.D., Palo Alto University

  • Laurie Drabble, Ph.D., San Jose State University:

  • Paz Galupo, Ph.D., Towson University

  • Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., Palo Alto University

  • Josh Goodman, Ph.D., Bates College

  • Tania Israel, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Robin Lewis, Ph.D., Old Dominion University

  • Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, UCLA School of Law

  • Jon Mohr, Ph.D., University of Maryland

  • Bonnie Moradi, Ph.D., University of Florida

  • David Pantalone, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Seth Pardo, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

  • Steve Safren, Ph.D., University of Miami

  • Nathan Grant Smith, Ph.D., University of Houston

  • Russell Toomey, Ph.D., University of Arizona



  • Sam del Castillo, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Elizabeth Savarese, Palo Alto University

  • Nat Bricker, Palo Alto University

  • Kenneth Dowling, Palo Alto University

  • Kristina Esopo, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Ariel Friedman, Palo Alto University

  • Kyle Jones, Palo Alto University

  • Vinisha Rana, Palo Alto University

  • Adrian Valadez, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Angie Wootton, University of California, Berkeley


This event was made possible by funding from private donations.  If you are interested in donating to support future events to advance LGBTQ+ research, please click here and follow these steps:

  1. Select ‘Make a gift or pledge’

  2. Complete ‘Personal Information’ and select ‘Continue’

  3. Click on the drop down box in the middle of the page and select ‘CLEAR’

  4. Select ‘Make a Gift’ to the right of the page and complete

Need help? Please contact Elizabeth Savarese at or 650-427-9571.

Dr. Kimberly Balsam and                 Some Think Tank faculty and students

Dr. Tania Israel                                 with PAU President, Dr. Maureen O' Connor.