Dr. Laura McGuire is a nationally recognized sexuality educator, trauma-informed specialist, and inclusion consultant at the National Center for Equity and Agency. Dr. McGuire worked as a 6th- to 12th-grade health and social studies teacher for at-risk teen girls in Florida before earning her graduate degree. They earned their bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University and their graduate degrees in educational leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University. Their doctoral dissertation, entitled Seen But Not Heard: Pathways to Improve Inclusion of LGBT Persons and Sexual Trauma Survivors in Sexual Health Education, examined the marginalization of sexual minorities within health education on a global scale.
In 2015, Dr. McGuire served as the first Sexual Violence Prevention and Education program manager at the University of Houston, and in 2017, became the first victim advocate/prevention educator at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Dr. McGuire is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society of Professional Consultants, and currently serves on numerous inclusion councils and boards. Dr. McGuire lives in the United States with their two children and works as a full-time consultant and expert witness.