Global PRIDE Study

About the Global Pride Study

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The diversity of populations, including by sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity and expression, is growing fast worldwide. However, limited empirical research has examined well-being and health and their determinants in sexual and gender diverse communities across distinct cultural and social contexts. The Global Pride Study was developed to explore these issues with scholars from around the globe. This project builds upon the special double issue publication that was edited by Karen Fredriksen Goldsen and Brian de Vries, which included 15 papers presenting research studies from 10 countries across 6 continents on LGBTQITS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit and sexual and gender diverse) longevity and health. As a result of the tremendous response we received to the special issue, we reached out to established and new collaborators across the globe and created the Global Pride Network to support international and interdisciplinary work worldwide in these populations—and to conduct the study below.

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, Principal Investigator and Brian de Vries, PhD, Lead Collaborator, along with 40 partners from around the globe, designed the Global Pride Study to address the needs of sexual and gender diverse populations, including quality of life, physical and mental health, economic and social lives, and the impact of COVID-19, to understand similarities and differences between countries and the mechanisms that account for well-being and health in these communities. The results of this initial project will be used to develop the knowledge base needed to guide future international research, practice, and policies for promoting equity and well-being for these communities and populations around the globe.

Project Overview

The Global Pride Study, Global Health, Sexuality and Gender: Longevity Across Generations, is a collaboration of more than 50 scholars from across the globe. The project is designed to address health and well-being holistically in sexual and gender minority populations, including quality of life, physical and mental health, and economic and social lives. This project builds upon the special double issue that was edited by Karen Fredriksen Goldsen and Brian de Vries, which included 15 papers representing 10 countries across 6 continents on sexual and gender diverse aging, longevity, and health. As a result of the tremendous response we received in developing this special issue and the way in which it has been received since its publication, we reached out to researchers and collaborators across the globe, including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China (Mainland), Colombia, Czechia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom (Britain and Scotland), and United States of America. Based on a series of virtual meetings with these international colleagues, all of whom have shared their enthusiasm about this international project, we formulated the project overview below.

Primary Goals of Research Project

  1. Develop an international network of researchers to share knowledge and experiences in studying sexuality, gender, health (holistically), and longevity, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on diverse global communities, including age, sexual and gender diverse and LGBTQTSIA+ communities.
  2. Create an inventory of the cultural and structural contexts around the globe, across languages and existing institutional structures and policies impacting sexual and gender diverse lives.
  3. Implement a pilot research project by drafting and circulating a pilot questionnaire within each region, taking into consideration differing cultural contexts and methodologies.
  4. Build upon the above and develop a large-scale funded international research project to explore these issues more fully and deeply.

The proposed study will be impactful including both ‘academic impact’ (the intellectual contribution to a field of study) and ‘social or societal impact’ (the knowledge generated by research and how this contributes to, benefits and influences society). From the vantage point of regions with real economic challenges, there is an opportunity to frame the debate and conversation about health, sexuality, gender, and longevity research (and experiences) in the context of these realities: How, in resource differing countries or regions, do you develop research strategies that help focus on pressing problems? How in environments with differing experience, trust or knowledge of science do you talk about the value of sexuality and gender research and evidence? The study has an opportunity to contribute to developing an approach for addressing sexuality, gender, health, and longevity research. At the same time, this study contributes to the growing international dialog on reframing sexuality, gender, health, longevity, and aging—including the contextual understanding of what these constructs mean and how differing generations contribute to society across differing global contexts. There are four key stages to this work: 1: Initiate a series of virtual meetings with international colleagues to discuss interest and ideas for an international sexuality, health and longevity project and to finalize the research team; 2: Chronicle the cultural and structural context of sexuality, gender, age, longevity and health across countries and regions; 3: Examine sexual, gender, health and longevity by developing and pilot testing a data collection tool; and, 4. Assess the feasibility of moving the project to scale.

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The summary of findings will be posted on this website when this project is complete.

Ethical approval for this study was obtained from the University of Washington Human Subjects Division (STUDY00013402).

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