Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director (Retired)
Gary J. Gates is a recognized expert on the demography of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. He co-authored The Gay and Lesbian Atlas and publishes extensively on the demographic, geographic, and economic characteristics of the LGBT population. Many national and international media outlets regularly feature his work. US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cited his demographic research in his landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges establishing marriage as a constitutional right for same-sex couples. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University along with a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vincent College and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.