Elizabethe Payne, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Queering Education Research Institute© (QuERI). She also currently serves as Interim Director of the LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). QuERI is now housed in the LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center. She is a sociologist of education specializing in LGBTQ issues in education and has published numerous articles on teacher LGBTQ professional development, LGBTQ bullying, and the school experiences of queer adolescent girls. Dr. Payne served on the New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Task Force in the New York State Education Department and crafted the first state requirements for pre-service teachers’ diversity work. DASA is the New York State student anti-bullying law, which went into effect July 2012. She has worked with the US Department of Justice on the application of Title IX to LGBT student anti-harassment cases and in the settlement and resolution processes with school districts. She is currently working on the NY implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a focus on school culture and climate. She was faculty at Syracuse University in the School of Education and the LGBT Studies Program from 2005-2014. She founded QuERI in 2006: queeringeducation.org. Her current research explores school professionals’ experiences with transgender elementary school children. Teaching areas include qualitative research methods, LGBT public policy, and sexuality and gender in education. Prior to returning to graduate school for her doctoral work, she was a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas.