LGBTQ People and Gun Violence: Threats and Strategies to Promote Safety

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Thursday, Jun. 13, 2024
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12:30 PM - 02:30 PM PDT



LGBTQ People and Gun Violence: Threats and Strategies to Promote Safety

LGBTQ people are less likely to own guns than non-LGBTQ people, but may be at greater risk of gun-related mortality. In examining more precise demographic data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), researchers see that risk and fear of gun victimization is not uniform across the LGBTQ population.

Join us for a discussion with our panel of experts and advocates on how to address vulnerabilities and support communities in living well.

During the webinar, the panelists will present information about risk factors such as mental health, intimate partner violence, and gun access and contextualize the discussion about these data in relation to hate and inequality. They will also discuss actions that individuals and organizations can take to promote safety and well-being for LGBTQ people, particularly LGBTQ people of color.

Break-out groups — organized around the interests of panel attendees — will follow the panel.


Refujio “Cuco” Rodriguez (he/him) 
Chief Strategist and Equity Officer  
Hope and Heal Fund  


Kerith Conron (she/her) 
Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director 
Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law  

Kate Reese (she/her)
Research Associate
Everytown for Gun Safety

Mallery Jenna Robinson (she/her)  
Former Associate Program Director  
Equality California  

Gabriella Rodriguez (she/her/ella) 
Executive Director 


Refujio “Cuco” Rodriguez

Refujio “Cuco” Rodriguez is the Chief Strategist and Equity Officer at Hope and Heal Fund. Prior to joining the fund, he served as a Program Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was a member of the foundation’s Racial Equity and Community Engagement team. Rodriguez also supported the development of a Racial Equity Leadership Curriculum for the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship Program. Most recently, he led efforts to integrate racial equity principles into technology initiatives, including working on new collaborative platforms and developing a racial equity-focused grantee application.

Kerith Conron, ScD, MPH

Kerith J. Conron, ScD, MPH, is the Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute. She is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist whose work focuses on documenting and reducing inequities that impact sexual and gender minority populations. She is committed to altering the landscape of adversity and opportunity for LGBTQ communities, particularly through collaboration.

Mallery Jenna Robinson

Mallery Jenna Robinson is an AfraCaribbean binary transgender woman and a transgender and HIV health care advocate for Los Angeles and California. She brings a wealth of experience in education, training, and advocacy work specific to transgender and gender nonbinary/nonconforming people. Most recently she was the Associate Program Director at Equality California.

Gabriella Rodriguez

Gabriella Rodriguez is the Executive Director of QLatinx, and a proud queer Latinx advocate living in the South. Her work aims to eliminate the stigma and raise awareness for those in the community through education and empowerment. She serves as a member of the Orlando EMA Health Services Planning Council, which addresses the prevention, care, and treatment of those in the local community. 

Kate Reese

Kate Reese is a Research Associate at Everytown for Gun Safety. Her work portfolio includes gun violence in LGBTQ+ populations, depictions of gun owners and gun ownership in popular media, and research communications strategies. Prior to joining Everytown, she consulted on the organization’s policy review process and has a background in arts and cultural policy.