For Media

Media Contact

Judith Kovach, Ph.D., Project Director
Email (preferred): Judith@MPIPP.org
Phone: 248.302-6774

MPIPP Fact Sheets

MPIPP prepares fact sheets on various social science research topics.  These fact sheets generally contain bullet points for key findings of research.  MPIPP cites research that has been peer-reviewed or is conducted by prominent researchers in the LGBT research field.  Notably, not every finding pertains to an LGBT individual or family.  For example, when citing data on depression as a mental health consequence of discrimination, not every person who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender may be depressed.

Please consult the FACT SHEETS section of this website for the Fact Sheets that are currently available.

MPIPP Media Mentions

Contact Theory Changes Minds, Hearts.  This article includes information on the social science contact theory and an interview with Dr. Clinton Anderson, MPIPP’s guest speakers at its 2013 conference.  Published in PrideSource / Between the Lines on 5/16/2013.  Available online.

On the Move:  Creating Change with Information.  MPIPP is the focus of this article about its role in public policy, education, website, and its new affiliation with Affirmations in Ferndale, Michigan. Published by Pride Source/ Between the Lines on 4/18/2013.  Available online.

 Expert: Dave Agema got a few things right (but still wrong) about gay health issues.  Interview with Dr. Judith Kovach, MPIPP Project Director, Published by MLive.com on 4/5/2013. Available online.

Reflections of Dis-repair.  This article about sexual orientation change efforts (sometimes called “reparative” therapy) includes quotes Dr. Judith A. Kovach about the ban on this type of therapy in California.  Published by PrideSource / Between the Lines on 1/13/2013.  Available online.

EMU and MI-GOAL Seeking LGBT Law Enforcement for New Study.  This article describes the collaborative relationship with Eastern Michigan University and MI-GOAL (Michigan Gay Officers Action League) to seek funding for research into issues experienced by LGBT law enforcement officers, as identified by Dr. Judith A. Kovach.  Published by Pride Source/ Between the Lines on 10/4/2012. Available online.

Moral Disorder of HB 5040.  This article describes the problems with HB 5040 (the Julea Ward bill) in terms of preparing students for careers as mental health professionals. MPIPP contributed heavily to the background information on the proposed legislation and is quoted.  Published by Pride Source / Between the Lines on 6/28/12. Available online.

Obama calls for LGBT non-discrimination protections. MPIPP provided comments to the Michigan Messenger as part of a larger story on addressing HIV/AIDS issues published on 7/16/2010.

Thousands rally at state capitol for LGBT equality. Judith Kovach, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and Project Director for MPIPP, spoke about the mental health impact of stigma and discrimination against those who are LGBT at Michigan’s 2011 Pride Festival.  A similar article was published in the Lansing State Journal on 6/13/2010 (archive not available) and PrideSource / Between the Lines dated 6/16/2010. Available online.

‘Straight Pride’ is really about old prejudice.  Op-ed published in the Lansing State Journal on 5/16/2010. (Download a PDF)

 The straight jacket: Undercover with Lansing’s ex-gay counseling center, Corduroy Stone, by Brandon Kirby (contains quotes regarding practice and licensing issues by Judith Kovach, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and MPIPP Director) published by Lansing City Pulse on 5/12/2010.  Available online.

Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy receives grant.  Published in Pride Source/Between the Lines on 10/22/2009.  Available online.

Bullying:  Too dangerous to ignore.  Published by the Lansing State Journal on 5/29/2009. (Download a PDF)

Guide To Avoiding Heterosexual Bias In Language

Developed by the American Psychological Association, this guide was developed to assist authors in avoiding bias when writing specifically about lesbians, gay men and bisexual persons, as well as in general discussions of sexuality.  Available online.

GLAAD’S Media Reference Guide:  A Resource for Journalists

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has prepared a media reference guide to assist the media with fair and accurate reporting on LGBT issues and research. The updated 2010 Guide is available online at: http://www.glaad.org/reference

Comparative Data Among States on LGBT issues

Often the news media is interested in comparing the status of states on various LGBT issues, such as marriage equality or anti-discrimination statutes or in comparing local ordinances or crime and violence statistics.

There are numerous sources available on the Internet to compare LGBT issues among the states.  Here are some of the best resources for comparative data:

  • The Movement Advancement Project
    The Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas:  (1) policy and issue analysis, (2) LGBT movement overviews, and (3) effective messaging.
  • The Williams Institute  
    The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. It is a program of UCLA-Law.

Responsible Conduct Of Research

In an effort to be fair, the media often interview people on competing sides of an issue.  In the case of LGBT issues, people interviewed by the media may cite competing research. Often, when research is criticized it is because of failure to meet criteria that are integral to the responsible conduct of research, such as not disclosing conflicts of interest or not describing clearly how the research was conducted or any limitations of the research.  Responsible conduct of research (RCR) includes most of the professional activities that are part and parcel of a research career. As defined by federal agencies, RCR encompasses the nine areas described here: http://www.apa.org/research/responsible/index.aspx