Global Pride Network

We have developed an international network of scholars and researchers to share knowledge and experiences and collaborate in studying sexuality, gender, health (holistically), age, and longevity, as well as the impact of Covid-19 across diverse global communities.

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, She/Her

Principal Investigator,
Global Pride Study
Director, Goldsen Institute

Professor, School of Social Work University of Washington

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, is professor at the University of Washington and principal of Goldsen Institute, School of Social Work. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersections and trajectories of health, aging, and well-being over the life course among underserved, resilient communities. Characterized as an international leader in sexuality and gender longevity and aging research, she is principal investigator of multiple federally funded landmark studies, including the National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study: Aging with Pride; IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action); and the Global Pride Study. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is the author of seven books and special issues and more than 100 publications in leading journals, such as the American Journal for Public Health, The Gerontologist, and Social Work. She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the PBS’s Inaugural Next Avenue’s Top 50 Influencer in Aging, Inaugural 2019 U.S. National Institutes of Health Sexual & Gender Minority Distinguished Investigator Award, Gerontological Society of America Award for Healthy Aging, Career Achievement Award from the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work, and the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Her research has been cited by leading news sources such as New York Times, CNSS, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, NBC News, USA Today, and Forbes, as well as more than 75 international news outlets.

Read Dr. Fredriksen’s full bio here


Brian de Vries, He/Him
Professor Emeritus, Gerontology,

San Francisco State University
Adjunct professor, Gerontology,
Simon Fraser University


Main Research Areas:  LGBT Aging, end of life issues, social relationships

Biography: Brian de Vries, Ph.D. received his doctorate in life-span developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1988, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. de Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee producing The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding (2011).  Dr. de Vries is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2007-2011) and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development (2000-2006) and LGBT Health (2013-2015). He has guest edited an additional six journals. In addition, he has edited (or co-edited) five books, including Kinship Bereavement in Later Life (1997), End of Life Issues (1999), Narrative Gerontology (2001), Gay and Lesbian Aging (2004) and Community-Based Research in LGBT Aging (2015); he has authored or co-authored over 125 journal articles, book chapters and professional publications; he has given over 200 presentations to professional audiences on the social and psychological well-being of midlife and older LGBT persons, bereavement, and life stories.  His research has been funded by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Frailty Network, among other foundations and granting agencies


Selected Works:

de Vries, B., Gutman, G., Humble, A., Gahagan, J., Chamberland, L., Aubert, P., Fast, J., & Mock, S. (2019).  End-of-Life preparations among LGBT older Canadians: The missing conversations.  International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 88(4), 358-379.


de Vries, B. (2015).  Stigma and LGBT aging: Negative and positive marginality.  In N. Orel and C. Fruhauf (Eds.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families: Current research and clinical applications (pp. 55-71).  Washington DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Kathryn Almack

University of Hertfordshire, England

Main Research Areas: Palliative and end of life care; bisexual ageing; care and housing in old age


Biography: Kathryn Almack is Professor of Health and Family Lives in the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire. She is a sociologist whose research has had a substantial focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) older people, ageing and end of life care. Her ground-breaking research in this area includes:

  • Working with the Government’s National End of Life Care Programme 2008-2013 to address inequalities in end of life care facing LGBT people
  • Three major studies funded by the Marie Curie Research Programme

o The Last Outing: the UK’s largest study on the experiences and needs at the end of life for LGBT people aged 60+

o ACCESSCare A: Exploring access to and delivery of palliative care for all LGBT people

o ACCESSCare B: Bereavement outcomes for LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) and heterosexual partners: a population-based cross-sectional mixed methods study

o Improving care home environments for LGBT residents and staff

  • The first studies to investigate the knowledge, attitudes and practice of staff in care homes towards LGBT residents
  • An innovative Research Council funded seminar series on gaps in knowledge about LGBT ageing. This culminated in a book, Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Adults: Minding the Knowledge Gaps published by Routledge in 2019.

Kathryn has an established national and international reputation in this field. She has co-edited a number of international collections for special journal issues and another book collection ‘Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: Multi-Disciplinary International Perspectives’ (Policy Press, 2019). Findings from her research have fed into a number of UK government consultations about inequalities in end of life care and been used to develop new resources for policy makers, health and social care professionals. Kathryn has a previous background in community development work and maintains a strong commitment to user involvement in research.


Selected Works:

Makita, M., Bahena, A. & Almack, K. (2020) The role of sexual orientation, age, living arrangements and self-rated health in planning for end-of-life care for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) older people in the UK. Sexualities. OnlineFirst.


Almack, K. and King A. (2019) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans Aging in a U.K. Context: Critical Observations of Recent Research Literature. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 89(1): 93–107


Almack, K (2019) ‘I Didn’t Come Out to Go Back in the Closet’: Ageing and end of life care for older LGBT people. In King, A., Almack, K., Suen T-Y and Westwood, S (2019) Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. London: Routledge, 158-171


Bristowe, K., Hodson, M., Wee, B., Almack, K., Johnson, K., Daveson, B. A., Koffman, J., McEnhill, L. & Harding, R. (2018) Recommendations to reduce inequalities for LGBT people facing advanced illness: ACCESSCare national qualitative interview study. Palliative Medicine. 32 (1), 23-35.

Willis, P., Almack, K., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Simpson, P., Billings, B. & Mall, N. (2018) Turning the Co-Production Corner: Methodological Reflections from an Action Research Project to Promote LGBT Inclusion in Care Homes for Older People. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15 (4), p E695.


Almack, K., Jones, R. L., Scicluna, R. M. (2018) Bisexuality and ageing: why it matters for social work practice. In Dunk-West, P. and Hafford-Letchfield, P. (editors). Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: a Lifecourse Epistemology. London: Routledge, 142-154


Simpson, P, Almack K, and Walthery, P. (2018) ‘We Treat them All the Same’: A Survey of attitudes, knowledge and practices of staff concerning LGB&T residents in care homes for old people. Ageing and Society 38 (5): 869-899.

María del Mar Pérez Arizabaleta, She/Ella

Antonio Nariño University, Colombia

Main Research Areas: Mental Health / Salud Mental. Trans women/ Mujer Trans. Sexual Diversity / Diversidad Sexual. Qualitative Research / Investigación cualitativa

Biography: María Del Mar Pérez Arizabaleta is a Colombian psychologist specializing in clinical psychology with psychoanalytic orientation, and a Master in Psychology with an emphasis on research.

She is Professor and researcher at the Antonio Nariño University, where she teaches clinical psychology courses and research on sexual health with a population of Trans women and men who have sex with men from a qualitative methodology.

She is a volunteer psychologist within the psychosocial team as psychological accompaniment with Trans people, of a community-based organization oriented to the claim, defense and guarantee of dignified citizenship for Trans women (Transformists, Transvestites, Transgender, Transsexuals) in the city of Cali , Colombia, called Fundación Santamaría.

María Del Mar Pérez Arizabaleta, Psicóloga colombiana especialista en psicología clínica con orientación psicoanalítica, magíster en Psicología con énfasis en investigación.

Profesora e investigadora de la Universidad Antonio Nariño, en donde dicto cursos de psicología clínica e investigo sobre la salud sexual con población de mujeres Trans y hombres que tienen sexo con hombres desde una metodología cualitativa.

Soy psicóloga voluntaria dentro del equipo psicosocial como acompañamiento psicológico con personas Trans, de una organización de base comunitaria orientada a la reivindicación, defensa y garantía de una ciudadanía digna para las mujeres Trans (Transformistas, Travestis, Transgénero, Transexuales) en la ciudad de Cali, Colombia, denominada Fundación Santamaría.

Selected Works:

Pérez-Arizabaleta, M. & Orejuela, J. (2020). Sujeto, síntoma, dispositivo y terapeuta: Una mirada hacia la responsabilidad subjetiva en el campo de la salud mental. Revista Affectio Societatis, 17, (32) . DOI:

Jaime Barrientos, He/Him

Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile

Main Research Areas: Homophobic violence, sexual prejudice, mental health

Biography: I am a psychologist, with a master’s degree in sociology and a PhD in social psychology. I have postdoctoral training in Spain and France.

I have worked at the Universidad Católica del Norte and, at the University of Santiago de Chile and, currently, at the Faculty of Psychology of the University Alberto Hurtado, in Santiago, Chile. At that University I am Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies. I have taught in Spain and France in master’s programs.

My academic experience is focused on social psychology and well-being. Also, in gender and diversity training.

My research has focused on the study of prejudice and discrimination in various social groups and their effects on mental health. Likewise, in the study of sexuality, gender relations and other markers of social difference. Also, in the study of psychosocial processes linked to social and political processes in Latin America.

I have training in quantitative and qualitative analysis. I have conducted several research projects and participate as a co-researcher in various international projects with colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, USA, Portugal, among other countries.

My scientific productivity is extensive in indexed journals (WoS, Scopus and Scielo) and in other types of journals. I have also published book chapters in international publisher books. I have written several books of my own authorship.

I participate in various editorial committees of international journals and participate in international scientific societies.

Selected Works:

Guzmán-González, M., Barrientos, J., Gómez, F.,. Meyer, I.H, Bahamondes, J., & Cárdenas, M. (2019). Romantic Attachment and Relationship Satisfaction in Gay Men and Lesbian Women in Chile. Journal of Sex Research.

Barrientos, J., Gómez, F., & Cárdenas, M. (2016). Subjective well-being and levels of clinical symptomatology in a transwomen sample. Journal of Homosexuality, 63, 11, 1502-1516. Doi:

Barrientos, J., Echagüe, C., Matus, C., & Astudillo, P. (2019). Chapter 8: Homophobic Violence against LGBTQ+ Youth in a Chilean School. In: Helen Sauntson and Jón Ingvar Kjaran. Schools as Queer Transformative Spaces. Global Narratives on Sexualities and Gender. Routledge: London.

Ayelet Berg-Warman, She/Her

Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institution, Israel

Biography: Senior research scholar, Aging Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research. Ayelet Berg-Warman has worked at MJB since 1994. Her primary research areas are: the evaluation of needs and programs for older adults. Her studies address the prevention and treatment of elder abuse and neglect in the community and in institutions; active aging; supportive communities; the evaluation of programs in old-age homes and their effect on the quality of care. In recent years, she has also investigated the needs of aging LGBTs, the responses they receive from the health and welfare systems, and the attitude of Israeli society towards them. She has also participated in numerous international conferences, representing Israel at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on the topic of active aging. Ayelet holds a BA in economics and statistics and an MBA in business administration, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a PhD in information systems from Tel Aviv University.

Robert Beringer, He/Him

University of Victoria, Canada

Main Research Areas:

Gerontology; technology and aging; Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer plus (2SLGBTQ+) aging; global 2SLGBTQ+ health; health equity; community-based research; virtual community building and social connectivity; health promotion.

Biography:Robert Beringer (he/him) has an Inter-disciplinary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Royal Roads University. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Prior to his current post he was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Systems Impact Postdoctoral Fellow where he employed a community-based participatory action research methodology and evaluated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) engagement and satisfaction with Hospice and Palliative Care in the Island Health Region in British Columbia. He is also a member of the iCAN-ACP Diversity Access Team that is researching challenges related to participating in advance care planning (ACP) among members of the LGBT community and some ethnic groups. Past projects include work on the LGBT End-of-Life Conversations Project (A project funded by a Catalyst Grant from TVN-NCE: Improving Care for the Frail Elderly) where he created content and oversaw the development of the project website. Additionally, as a doctoral student he was awarded the CIHR, Institute of Gender and Health: Knowledge Translation & Design Jam Award competition and used these funds to create The LGBTQI2S Dignity Project. In this project, he developed a website ( and funded the development of a resource entitled “A workbook to support your journey to becoming an ally for LGBTQ2+ Seniors.” As part of this project, he also acted as Executive Producer in the development of three short films designed to depict the challenges faced by LGBTQI2S older adults as they enter assisted living facilities.

Lintott, L., Beringer, R., Do, A., & Daudt, H. (In Press) A Rapid review of end-of-life needs in the LGBT community and recommendations for clinicians. Palliative Medicine.


Beringer R, Gutman G, & de Vries B. (2021). Exploring and Promoting Advance Care Planning among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) older adults living in non-metropolitan British Columbia. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 1-20.


Beringer R, Gutman G, & de Vries B. (2017). Developing a web-based platform to foster end-of-life planning among older LGBT adults. Gerontechnology, 16(1): 48-55


Mazhar Hussain Bhutta

University Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Main Research Areas: Religion and crime, recidivism, offenders risk assessment and rehabilitation, parole and Probation, Drug offenders, female criminality

Biography: I, Mazhar Hussain Bhutta have earned LLB from BZU Multan and PhD degree in Sociology under split program from Punjab University Lahore and University of Saskatchewan, (UOS) Canada. PhD research work is titled “Risk and Need Assessment of Offenders on Probation in Lahore-Pakistan”. I have a number of national and international research publications mostly related to criminal justice, prison management, criminal profiling, and offenders risk assessment and rehabilitation and probation/parole system in Pakistan. As an expert on corrections and rehabilitation of convicts/offenders and under trial prisoners in Pakistan, I have several conducted workshops and seminars for prison administrators/staff, parole/probation officers particularly at National Academy for Prison Administration (NAPA) Lahore, National Police Bureau of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau and various academic institutions. As a teacher of sociology of crime, criminal justice and criminology, I have disseminated knowledge and expertise among officers of criminal justice agencies on modern innovations, intervention programs/strategies for rehabilitation and reclamation of prisoners, probationers and parolees.

Presently, I am working as Assistant Professor of Sociology/Incharge M.Sc. Criminology Program at PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. He possesses well versed experience of teaching/research and professional contributions for more than 20 years. Being HEC approved PhD research supervisor, I have supervised 30 M. Phil Sociology/M.Sc. Criminology students and 04 PhD scholars (research under process). I have successfully completed two projects funded by HEC Pakistan. At present, as supervisor, am involved in a project on transgender people (doctoral research work). I have conducted a training workshop for administrative staff of the university titled “Indigenous on Campus Training (IOT) Program under Modern University Governance Program” funded by HEC Pakistan. I have also worked as Parliamentary Research Librarian in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad in 2012. I have anchored several programs “Punjab Online” of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Radio) for more than three years 2008-2011.

Selected Works:

Bhutta, M. H., & Wormith, J. S. (2016). An examination of a risk/needs assessment instrument and its relation to religiosity and recidivism among Probationers in a Muslim Culture. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(2), 204-229.

Bhutta, M. H., Wormith, J. S., & Zidenberg, A. M. (2019). Assessing the Relationship Between Religiosity and Recidivism Among Adult Probationers in Pakistan. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, 63(5), 752-780.

Te-Sheng ChangHe/Him

National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

Main Research Areas: Educational Psychology, Teaching and Learning, Gender Education


Biography: He is a Professor at Department of Educational and Human Potentials Development at National Dong-Hwa University (NDHU), Hualien, Taiwan. He has a wide range of research interests, including teaching and learning innovation, educational psychology, multicultural education, gender studies, and LGBT studies.


Prof. Chang has been a current member of Board of the Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association. He is also active members of several academic societies, including, International Congress of Psychology (ICP), American Psychology Association (APA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and Chinese Association of Teacher Education, Taiwan.

Shang-Ti Chen, He/Him

National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

Main Research Areas: Leisure behavior, the psychology of leisure, therapeutic recreation, inclusive leisure services, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), healthy aging


Biography: I am an assistant professor in Tourism, Recreation, and Leisure Studies at National Dong Hwa University. My research interests cover a broad range of topics in the domain of leisure, aging, and health. Much of my research is aimed at identifying protective factors for psychological well-being. I’m particularly interested in how aspects of everyday life events (e.g., enjoyable activities, positive events) influence a person’s ability to regulate their emotion in daily life. My current work centers on using smartphones for obtaining high ecological validity of leisure behavior and for assessing subtle variations and changes in psychological well-being in the context of everyday life.

Selected Works:

  1. Chen, S. T., Jinshil, H., Graefe, A. R., Almeida, D. M., Mowen, A. J., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2021). Associations between enjoyable activities and uplifting events: Effects on momentary positive affect in adulthood. Journal of Leisure Research. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/00222216.2021.1878002
  1. Chen, S. T., Jinshil, H., Graefe, A. R., Mowen, A. J., Almeida, D. M., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2020). The influence of leisure engagement on daily emotional well-being. Leisure Sciences. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/01490400.2020.1757537
  2. Chen, S. T., Stevinson, C., Tien., T., Chen, L. J., & Ku, P. W. (2020). Accelerometer-measured daily steps and subjective cognitive ability in older adults: A two-year follow-up study. Experimental Gerontology. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2020.110874.

Claudio Di Lorito, He/Him

University of Nottingham, UK

Main Research Areas: LGBT social and health care, dementia in LGBT communities Biography: Dr Claudio Di Lorito is a Research Fellow in the School of Medicine of the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom: He holds a Ph.D. in Psychiatry from the University of Nottingham, a Master of Science in Mental Health Studies from King’s College, London and two Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, one from Italy and one from City University of New York, USA. His research interests focus on health and social care of LGBTQIA+ communities affected by dementia and sports and exercise in dementia. He is currently collaborating with international researchers and LGBTQIA+ organisations to develop training for staff supporting people living with dementia from the LGBTQIA+ communities: Claudio has an established track record of Patient and Public Involvement in research. He has been awarded the INTERDEM publication prize in 2021 for a methodology paper on PPI in research, and the 2022 Policy and Engagement Award from the University of Nottingham. Claudio is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters: He currently acts as Associate Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease:

Sonja Ellis, She/Her

University of Waikato, New Zealand

Main Research Areas: Lesbian and gay ageing; sexuality; LGBT+ mental health

Biography: Sonja J Ellis is Associate Professor in Human Development at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato/The University of Waikato. She is an established researcher and scholar in the field of LGBTIQ Psychology, and is co-author of the textbook Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, and Queer Psychology: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2020). She is currently undertaking research in relation to the inclusion of sexual and gender diversity in sexuality education; and around youth sexual health. She is also interested in lesbian and gay ageing.

Raphael Eppler-Hattab

University of Haifa, Israel

Main Research Areas: LGBT aging, Gay aging, Aging and Work


Biography: Raphael Eppler-Hattab, PhD, is a researcher at the Center for Research & Study of Aging, University of Haifa, the CEO of Eppler Consulting, a human resource management consultancy firm, and a longtime LGBT activist in Israel. He is the author of scientific and commentary articles published in Israeli and international journals. His research in the field of aging and work, organizational psychology and gerontology was published in The Gerontologist and Innovation in Aging. His study in the field of LGBT aging was presented at leading aging conferences.

LGBT Activism

Eppler-Hattab has been an LGBT activist in Israel since the 1980s. Main activities over the years included establishment of LGBT organizations in Haifa, intra-community group work and group facilitation, political activism, and journalism. In the 1990s, he published the first weekly column on gay community issues named Gay Ways (which in Yiddish means “go figure”). He currently leads groups of veteran gay community members titled “Improving with Pride”. For his many years of work for the gay community, he was awarded the 2018 Dear Haifa Gay Community Award.


Selected Works:

Eppler-Hattab, R., Meshoulam, I. and Doron, I. (2020). Conceptualizing Age-friendliness in Workplaces: Proposing a New Multidimensional Model. The Gerontologist, 60, 1, 12-21.

Eppler-Hattab, R. (2019, September). Who Will Say Kaddish on Me? Social Exclusion of Older LGBT People: Findings of an Israeli Developmental Group Process. Aging & Social Change: Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Vienna. Paper presentation in a themed session.

Jacqueline Gahagan, They/Them

Dalhousie University, Canada

Main Research Areas: health equity, health promotion, health policy, queer heath, housing, aging, access to primary care, gender-based analysis, sociology

Biography: Jacqueline Gahagan, PhD, is a full professor and a medical sociologist working in the areas of mixed methods health promotion and health policy research. Specifically, Dr. Gahagan uses gender-based and intersectional analyses to understand the impacts of health promotion interventions aimed at addressing health inequities faced by marginalized populations, including LGBTQ populations and populations affected by HIV, HCV and other STBBIs. Dr. Gahagan is the Co-Director of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network: Social Behavioral Aspects of HIV and HCV (AIRN) which is an Atlantic regional network of over 250 researchers, policy makers, and community-based service providers. Dr. Gahagan will assist with data analysis and will use the AIRN network to help with recruitment and knowledge translation on the current research project.

Selected Works:

Findings of our SSHRC-funded Older LGBT Canadians and Housing Study can be found here:

Bryson, M., Rail, G., Taylor, E., Boschman, L., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., & Ristock, J. (2020). Chorégraphies difficiles dans les « Marges du cancer ». Minorités sexuelles et/ou genrées et incommensurabilité des savoirs biographiques et biomédicaux. In A. Alexandrin & A. Meidani (Eds.), Cancers, masculinités, féminités. Toulouse: Éditions Érès.

Subirana-Malaret, M*., Gahagan, J., & Parker, R. (2019). Intersectionality and sex and gender-based analyses as promising approaches in addressing intimate partner violence treatment programs among LGBT couples: A scoping review. Cogent Social Sciences, 5:1,

DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2019.1644982

Gahagan, J., & Subriana-Malaret, M. (2018). Improving pathways to primary health care among LGBTQ populations and health care providers: Key findings from Nova Scotia, Canada. International Journal for Equity in Health. 17(76).

South Africa

Bio coming soon.

Sophia Gomez

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Coming soon.

Trish Hafford-Letchfield

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Main Research Areas: Ageing in marginalised communities


Biography: I am a qualified nurse and social worker with 18 years practice experience and am currently a Professor of Social Work at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to joining Strathclyde, I was Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University, London where I worked for 11 years. My research interests lie in the experiences of ageing in marginalised communities and most of my research is applied and co-produced with people with lived experience.

My doctorate studies were in educational gerontology exploring the role of lifelong learning in care services. I am a keen advocate for the rights of LGBT+ communities and I am a founder member of the international LGBTQI social work international network. In relation to learning and teaching I have written or edited 18 key textbooks covering a range of topics on leadership, management, organisational development, feminism, sexual and gender identities, values and ethics and social work supervision. I have also published widely in other areas such as the use of the arts in professional education, trans and non-binary parenting, suicide and mental health of people living in care homes.


Selected Works:

Hafford-Letchfield, T., Gleeson, H., Ryan, P., Billings, B., Teacher, R., Quaife, M., Flynn, A., Zanone Poma, S., & Vincentini, S. (2020). ‘He just gave up’: an exploratory study into the perspectives of paid carers on supporting older people living in care homes with depression, self-harm, and suicide ideation and behaviours. Ageing and Society, 40(5), 984-1003.


Dunk West, P., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (2018) Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: a Lifecourse Epistemology. London, Routledge.


Hafford-Letchfield, T., Simpson, P., Willis, P. B., & Almack, K. (2017). Developing inclusive residential care for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people: an evaluation of the Care Home Challenge action research project. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26(2), e312-e320.

Neil Henderson
University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Bio coming soon. 

Carlos Eduardo Henning,
He/Him, They/Them

Federal University of Goiás, Brazil

Main Research Areas: Cultural Anthropology, Gerontology, Aging, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Intergenerational Studies

Biography: Carlos Eduardo Henning is an anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Social Sciences Faculty (FCS) and the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Brazil. Henning was a visiting scholar at UC Santa Cruz (2011–2012) and at Columbia University (2019). Currently, his research interests include LGBTIQ Gerontology and the transnational process of biopolitical constitution of new subjects, more specifically LGBTIQ elders. His broader work addresses issues on gender, sexuality, old age, generation, life course, urban studies, and queer anthropology.

Selected Works:

Henning, Carlos Eduardo. 2020. LGBTI Resistance in contemporary Brazil. Hot Spots, Fieldsights, Cultural Anthropology. January 28.

Henning, Carlos Eduardo. 2016. Is old age always already heterosexual and cisgender? The LGBT Gerontology and the formation of the LGBT elders. Vibrant – Virtual Brazilian Anthropology, v. 13, n.1. January to June. Brasília, ABA.

Mark Hughes, He/Him

Southern Cross University, Australia

Main Research Areas: LGBTIQ+ ageing; aged care policy and practice; social work; LGBTIQ+ end of life care

Biography: Mark Hughes PhD is Professor of Social Work and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, Australia. He has worked as a social worker in health, mental health and aged care settings in both Australia and the UK. Mark is a former Chair of Academic Board at Southern Cross University and Editor of Australian Social Work (2013-17). He has also worked as a social work academic at the University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College London.

Mark’s research interests focus on social work practice, social work with older people, and LGBTIQ+ ageing. He is currently a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council grants: one on the production, use and impact of Australian social work research, and the other on the health disparities faced by older LGBTIQ+ Australians. Mark has collaborated widely with national and international scholars on LGBTIQ+ ageing research and was Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender at the University of Surrey in 2015.

Mark first initiated research on LGBTIQ+ ageing in 2002. He has since completed projects on the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ older people, sexual identity expression in aged care, lesbian and gay people’s expectations of ageing and aged care services, end of life care for LGBTIQ+ people, and the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ older people. Mark’s research has developed in collaboration with LGBTIQ+ communities and organisations and has focused on the practical implications for service delivery and policy reform. He is an active member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance and the LGBTI Special Interest Group of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Selected Works:

Hughes, M. (2016) Loneliness and social support among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people aged 50 and over. Ageing and Society, 36(9), 1961-1981.

Hughes, M. (2009) Lesbian and gay people’s concerns about ageing and accessing services. Australian Social Work, 62(2), 186-201.

Hughes, M. (2008) Imagined futures and communities: older lesbian and gay people’s narratives on health and aged care. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 20(1/2), 167-86.

Ricardo Iacub

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Main Research Areas: Sexuality, narrative identity and aging, LGBT issues

Biography: I’m Full Professor of Psychology of Aging (UBA), researcher (UBA), psychologist consultant, Advisor of aging mental health in the Government of Argentine. I’ve published 10 books and more than 40 papers of gerontology. Invited Professor in more than 15 countries.

Selected Works:

Eroticism and Old Age. Western Perspectives. Paidós: Buenos Aires.

Iacub, R.; Arias, C. J.; Mansinho, M.; Winzeler M.; Vasquez Jofre, R.: Sociocultural Changes and the

Construction of Identity in Lesbian and Gay Elderly People in Argentina in The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. March 2019.

Iacub, Ricardo ; Hidalgo López, Patricia; Winzeler, Martín O.; Bourlot, Valeria ; Gil de Muro, Mariana L.; Paz, Mariana; Bellas, Mónica L.; Machluk, Luciana; Vazquez Jofré, Rocío; Boggiano, Patricia Desarticulando las fronteras del erotismo en la vejez Research on Ageing and Social Policy: (RASP), ISSN-e 2014-671X, Vol. 8, Nº. 1, 2020, págs. 1-24

Melanija Jančić

University Business Academy, Novi Sad, Serbia 

Main Research Interests: Human Rights Law, LGBTIQ+ rights, Anti-Discrimination Law


Biography: Melanija Jančić is an Assistant Professor in Family and Succession Law and in Human Rights Law at the Faculty of European Legal and Political Studies in Novi Sad, University Business Academy in Novi Sad. Before her academic career, she gained practical legal experience and skills as a law clerk in the Law firm Tomislav Šunjka in Novi Sad. She finished PhD studies in the field of Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law, University Union in Belgrade and defended her dissertation on 20th June 2017. The title of her dissertation is ”The Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”. This is the first PhD dissertation in the field of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the LGBT rights and transsexuality in Serbia. During her PhD studies, she attended the School of Human Rights organized by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights in Belgrade in November 2011. In order to deepen her research and comparative analysis in Anti-Discrimination Law she spent two and a half months as a visiting research fellow at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, Netherlands (from 29th Feb – 15th May 2016). Melanija is also a member of the International Society of Family Law and European Law Institute as well as the member of the Association of Jurists of Serbia and Association of Comparative Law based in Belgrade. Besides human rights and family and succession law, she is especially interested in the field of international law and international relations. She attended and participated in many international and domestic conferences and is an author of more than twenty published scientific papers and one monograph.


Selected Works:

  1. Transgender Issues Before the Constitutional Court of Serbia, International Survey of Family Law, Edition 2019, ed. Margaret Brinig, Intersentia, pp. 271-280
  2. Еvolucija prava transseksualnih osoba kroz evoluciju umnosti sudija Evropskog suda za ljudska prava (The Evolution of the Rights of Transsexual Persons), Pravni život (Legal Life), No. 10/2019, pp. 117-131
  3. Zabrana diskriminacije na osnovu seksualne orijentacije i rodnog identiteta – teorija i praksa (The Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – Theory and Practice), Novosadski humanitarni centar i Fakultet za pravne i poslovne studije dr Lazar Vrkatić, Univerzitet Union (publishers: Novi Sad Humanitarian Center and The Faculty of law and business studies Dr Lazar Vrkatić, Union University), 2020

Rebecca Jones, She/Her

The Open University, UK

Main Research Areas: Sexuality in later life, ageing and bisexuality, reimagining ageing, LGBT ageing


Biography: Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Health at The Open University, UK. Her research interests are in ageing, sexuality and, especially, sexuality in later life. She has published widely on bisexuality and ageing. Her latest book, co-edited with Dr Andrew King and Prof Kathryn Almack, is Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities (Policy Press, 2020). She chaired The Open University’s Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS) for 10 years, leading its seminar and publication series with the Centre for Policy on Ageing. She is a Founder Member of BiUK, the UK organisation for bisexual research and activism and one of the authors of The Bisexuality Report.


Selected Works:

Rebecca L. Jones (2019) ‘Life course perspectives on (bi)sexuality: Methodological tools to deprivilege current identities’ Sexualities, 22(7-8) pp. 1071-1093


Sarah Jen and Rebecca L. Jones (2019). Bisexual Lives and Aging in Context: A Cross-National Comparison of the United Kingdom and the United States. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 89(1) pp. 22–38.


Rebecca L. Jones, Kathryn Almack and Rachael Scicluna (2018) ‘Older Bisexual People: Implications For Social Work From The ‘Looking Both Ways’ Study’ Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(3) pp. 334–347.

Saori Kamano, She/Her

Natl’ Inst. of Population and Social Security Research,  Japan

Main Research Areas: Gender, Family, Demography of SOGI

Biography: I was trained as a sociologist at Stanford University (U.S.A) where I obtained my Phd. Since then, I have been involved in various projects on gender, sexuality and family in Japan. At the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, I have been participating in the Japanese National Fertility Survey and the National Survey of Family in Japan projects. Using the data collected, I have analyzed the changes in the attitudes toward marriage and family. I was also a co-PI of the Japanese research team of WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women (1999-2005).

Recently, I have been involved in a number of studies on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). One study is the first population-based nationwide survey on attitudes toward sexual and gender minorities in 2015 and a comparable survey in 2019. My latest project, “Demography of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Building a Foundation for Research in Japan”, is funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (JSPS Kakenhi Grant Number 16H03709, PI: Saori Kamano, 2016-). Here, we explore how best to capture respondents’ SOGI in a survey of the general population through focus groups and pilot surveys. Using the questions thus developed, we conducted the Osaka City Residents’ Survey, one of the first population-based surveys in Japan with SOGI questions. My next goal, subject to funding availability, is to conduct a nation-wide population-based survey with SOGI questions in order to accumulate data that would allow us to analyze the effects of SOGI on various realms of life.

In addition to quantitative research, I have also engaged in a few ethnographic research, conducting interviews with same-sex couples to explore how they manage their everyday lives and social relationships and negotiate the socio-legal context that affects their relationships and life chances.

Selected Works:

Kamano, Saori, 2009, “Housework and lesbian couples in Japan: Division, negotiation and interpretation,” Women’s Studies International Forum 32: 130-141.

Khor, Diana, Denise Tse-Shang Tang and Saori Kamano, 2020, “Global Norms, State Regulations, and Local Activism: Marriage Equality and Same-Sex Partnership, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Rights in Japan and Hong Kong,” in Michael J. Bosia, Sandra M. McEvoy, and Momin Rahman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 283-300. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190673741.013.19

Hiramori, Daiki, and Saori Kamano, 2020, “Understanding Sexual Orientation Identity, Sexual/romantic Attraction, and Sexual Behavior Beyond Western Societies: The Case of Japan.” SocArXiv. March 13. doi:10.31235/

Takashi Kazama, He/Him

Chukyo University,  Japan

Main Research Areas: Sociology

Biography: Professor of Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hyun-Jun Kim, He/Him

University of Washington, US

Main Research Areas: Aging and health disparities, Intersectionality of sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, Social isolation and social relations, Support networks, Cognitive impairment and dementia Biography: Hyun-Jun Kim’s primary research interests focus on health and social inequities faced by disadvantaged older adults, including examining disparities in physical, mental, and cognitive health and quality of life, the intersectionality of sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, and the roles of social exclusion, social isolation, and support networks as risk and protective factors. He also aims to translate findings to develop and implement interventions designed to improve health and well-being of the historically and socially marginalized populations. He has served as project director and co-Investigator of multiple landmark studies Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) and Innovations in Dementia, Empowerment and Action (IDEA), funded by National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging. He has served as Multiple PI on Care Network-IDEA, pilot-testing an intervention to improve quality of life for LGBTQ older adults experiencing memory loss without a caregiver. Currently he is also researching variation in social isolation and social and kin relations among older adults by sexuality, gender, and race and ethnicity and how they are associated with cognitive health interplaying with social exclusion, stress, and other health-promoting and adverse factors. Dr. Kim is the director of the Health, Sexuality & Gender Research Center at the School’s Goldsen Institute. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, where he was recognized for his contributions on aging and health research. He received his BA in social work from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea; an MSW from Arizona State University; and a PhD from the University of Washington School of Social Work. Kim, H.-J., Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Bryan, A. E. B., & Muraco, A. (2017). Social network types and mental health among LGBT older adults. The Gerontologist, 57(S1), S84-S94. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw169 Kim, H.-J., Jen, S., & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2017). Race/ethnicity and health-related quality of life among LGBT older adults. The Gerontologist, 57(S1), S30-S39. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw172 Kim, H.-J. & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2016). Living arrangement and loneliness among lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults. The Gerontologist, 56(3), 548-558. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu083

Andrew King, He/Him

University of Surrey, UK

Main Research Areas: LGBTQ+ ageing and effects of inequalities across the life course of LGBTQ+ people


Biography: Andrew King is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford UK where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) and Co-Chair of the Sex, Gender and Sexualities Research Group (SGS). His books include ‘Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections and Institutions’ (Routledge, 2016), ‘Older LGBT People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps’ (Routledge, 2018) and ‘Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities’ (Policy Press, 2019). He currently leads the project ‘Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQI+ Citizens in Four European Countries’ (CILIA-LGBTQI+), which is funded by the Norface consortium of European research councils. The key objective of the CILIA project is to provide cross-cultural evidence concerning life course inequalities experienced by LGBTQI+ people, comparing and contrasting these across four European countries with different yet interrelated social, historical, economic and political backgrounds: England, Scotland, Portugal and Germany. Additionally, the project examines how inequalities related to gender identity and/or sexuality vary and intersect with others, such as social class, ethnicity, citizenship status, health status, dis/ability, religion and geographical location across the life course. Andrew has a particular interest in issues around housing amongst LGBT+ people, especially later in life and his ‘Housing with Pride’ project developed the first ever UK framework to empower housing providers to work with their LGBT+ residents to improve services. Andrew is also a co-investigator on the #SafeHandsSafeHearts study, which is examining the effect of an eHealth intervention on COVID-19 knowledge, protective behaviors, and mental wellness of diverse LGBT+ People. Andrew is an Associate Editor of the journal Ageing and Society and the co-editor of two special issues on LGBT+ ageing and late life, one in the journal Sexualities and the other in the Journal of Aging Studies.


Selected Works:

King A. (2016) Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections and Institutions, London: Routledge.


King A, Almack K, Suen YT and Westwood S. (2018) Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. London: Routledge.

Travis Kong, He/Him

 The University of Hong Kong

Main Research Areas: Chinese identity, homosexuality and masculinity


Biography: Dr. Travis S.K. Kong is a leading sociologist of gender and sexuality with a specialization in Chinese identity, masculinity and sexuality. He is Associate Professor (2012-) and Programme Director of Media, Culture and Creative Cities (2013-) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Kong is the co-editor of Sexualities, the leading journal on human sexualities which encourages multidisciplinary, theoretically driven, research-based qualitative approaches within a global framework. His publications represent original, innovative and outstanding contributions to international scholarship. To date, he is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge 2011; Chinese edition in 2018) and Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten (Hong Kong University Press 2019; Chinese edition in 2014), and has published numerous articles in such high-impact journals as British Journal of Sociology, Urban Studies, The Sociological Review, Men & Masculinities, British Journal of Criminology, Qualitative Research and The Lancet.


As an active public sociologist in Hong Kong, his participatory action research has had significant impact on the community. He is the founder of a self-help group for older (60+) gay men called Gay & Grey, which is the first and only non-profit non-governmental organisation looking after the well-being of older members of the LGBTQ community in Hong Kong. This project’s impact is evidenced by his receipt in 2015 of the Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Award ( from the University of Hong Kong. He also received the Prism Award from the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2014 and the LGBT+ Advocacy Award from Community Business in 2020 in recognition of his long-term service to and research on the LGBTQ community. The multi-award-winning feature-length movie Suk Suk (dir. Ray Yeung, 2019) is based on his book on older gay men in Hong Kong.


Selected Works:

Kong, T.S.K. (2019) Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten. Hong Kong University Press.


Kong, T.S.K. (2019). ‘Transnational queer sociological analysis of sexual identity and civic-political activism in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China’, British Journal of Sociology 70 (5): 1904-1925.


Kong, T.S.K. (2018) ‘Gay & Grey: Participatory Action Research in Hong Kong’, Qualitative Research, 18(3): 257-272.

Anil Kumar

Central University of Kashmir, India

Bio coming soon 

Karina Lopez, She/Her


Main Research Areas: Human Sexuality, Sexual Diversity, Neuroscience, Gerontology


Psychologist from UNAM, México. Experience in research about sexual diversity, ageing population and neuroscience, and psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Master in Human Sexuality and Gender Studies. Studies about Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychoimmunoendocrinology. Has collaborated with Psychobiology, Neuroscience and Neurocognition Laboratory, UNAM. Groningen University, Netherlands. And St. Andrews University, UK.

López, K. & Orozco, G. (2014). Executive Functions in bisexual women. EduPsykhé. 13(2), 127-145.

López, K. & Orozco, G. (2016). Sexual cerebral diference and executive functions: bisexuality. Ciencia y Futuro. 6(3), 112-135.

Hernández, I., Orozco, G., Romero, C., López, K., Ortega, L. & Valencia, A. (2017). Evaluation of executive functions associated with creative processing in heterosexual and homosexual orientation. Ciencia y Futuro. 7(3), 54-70.

Anthony Lyons

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University, Australia

Bio coming soon.

AMani, She/Her

Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India

Main Research Areas: Rough Sets, Algebra, Logic, Statistics, AIML, Gender Theory, Lesbian Issues, Gender and STEM, Bias in Data Analysis.

Biography: A. Mani is a research scientist in algebra, logic, rough sets, AIML and allied areas at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She has a background in both mathematics and statistics, and is a leading researcher on the foundations of rough sets. She has published extensively in her areas of research in international journals. LGBTQ issues are also part of her interests in feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and she has been involved in few projects on the same. On the latter subjects, she has published a number of academic and popular articles, and is editing a volume on “Gender and STEM”. The latter volume is inspired by a graduate course taught by her at HBCSE, TIFR recently. The problems of bias and discriminatory behavior inherited by AIML algorithms, design in sociological studies, the intersection of aging and LGBTQ issues, and microaggressions are also of interest to her. She has been associated with the University of Calcutta, and HBCSE, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai (as a visiting faculty/researcher) till recently, and is a senior member (elected) of the International Rough Set Society. Sociological issues in the context of mathematics education are also of much interest to her, and she is in the organizing committee of MES-11 (the flagship international conference of the Mathematics Education society). Mani is also an active lesbian rights, free software activist and a GNU/R expert.

Selected Works:

Mani, A.: Overview of Quality of Life of Older Lesbians and Trans Women in India, 2019, 24 pp Preprint:

Mani, A: Being a Lesbian Trans Woman of Science in India, The Life of Sciences, October, 2019. Link:

Mani, A.: Connections Between Loneliness, Exclusion and Suicidal Tendencies of Trans Women-II, In National Seminar on Trans Inclusion, Periyar University, Salem 2016 12 pp

Magdalena Mijas, She/Her

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Main Research Areas: LGBTQ+ health, stigma and health, sexual health


Biography: Magdalena Mijas is a psychologist specializing in the fields of LGBTQ and health psychology. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the field of health sciences from Jagiellonian University Medical College. Her research focuses on minority stress, stigma and health inequalities among LGBTQ populations. She is also involved in LGBTQ rights activism in Poland and works as a counsellor supporting members of LGBTQ community in Krakow, Poland.


Selected Works:

Grabski, B., Mijas, M., Dora, M., Iniewicz, G. (2020). Gender dysphoria and gender incongruence. Compendium for practitioners. [in Polish]. Warsaw, Poland: PZWL.


Mijas, M., Koziara, K., Galbarczyk, A., Jasienska, G. (2020). Chubby, Hairy and Fearless. Subcultural Identities and Predictors of Self-Esteem in a Sample of Polish Members of Bear Community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4439.


Morison, T., Macleod, C., Lynch, I., Mijas, M., Shivakumar, S. T. (2015). Stigma Resistance in Online Childfree Communities. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40(2), 184–198.

Wasiu Olorunlambe

University of Ibadan,
Ibadan, Nigeria

Main Research Areas: Gender-Based Violence, Responsibility to Protect, Peacekeeping Operations, African Mechanism of Conflict Resolution, Humanitarian Interventions, Refugees/Forced Migration, Human Rights, etc


Biography: My name is Wasiu Olorunlambe. I am a PhD Student at the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. I obtained a BSc Degree in Psychology with a Second-Class Upper Division, B.Ed. in Educational Management/Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. I have presented several academic papers both in Africa and Europe. In particular, I presented an academic paper at the 2019 Annual Conference of the European Network on Gender and Violence held in Freiburg, Germany. My abstract has also been accepted for presentation at Kroc Peace Student Conference on the theme titled: 2020 vision: where do we go from here. My abstract has also been accepted at Tomorrow People Organisation 7th Annual Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference [PCRC2020] Bangkok, Thailand, held between December 3rd and 5th 2020. I am currently one of the principal investigators on international project titled: Proposed study on prevalence of sexual violence among secondary schools students in Nigeria. Other collaborators include: Katharina Goessman, Prof Dr Anke Hoeffler, Dr Tobias Hecker. I have won several academic awards. These include: Coimbra Group Scholarship, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Short Stay (2020), West Africa Research Fellowship Award (2020), Federal Government Scholarship (2014), Best Graduating Student in Psychology (2012) and Best Student in Biology and Government (2001). I am currently working as an adjunct lecturer at Atiba University, Oyo Town, Oyo State, Nigeria. I have published academic papers in reputable journals.

Henrique Pereira, He/Him

University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Main Research Areas: Sexual Minorities, Mental Health, Aging


Biography: Henrique Pereira holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Psychology and Education of the University of Beira Interior and member of the CICS Research Centre (University of Beira Interior, Portugal) and CIDESD (Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development).


Selected Works:

Batista, I., & Pereira, H. (2020). Mental health, resilience and HIV in older gay and bisexual men. Educational Gerontology, 46(9), 525-539.


Pereira, H., de Vries, B., Serrano, J. P., Afonso., R. M., Esgalhado, G. & Monteiro, S. (2020). Depression and Quality of Life in Older Gay and Bisexual Men in Spain and Portugal. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 91(2), 198-213.


Pereira, H., de Vries, B., Serzedelo, A., Serrano, J. P., Afonso., R. M., Esgalhado, G. & Monteiro, S. (2019). Growing Older Out of the Closet: A Descriptive study of Older LGB Persons Living in Lisbon, Portugal. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 88(4), 422-439.

Michal Pitoňák, He/Him

National Institute of Mental Health, Czechia

Main Research Areas: Minority stress processes; societal stigma and heteronormativity; geographies of sexualities


Biography: I work at the boundary of several disciplines that lock together via my intersecting research interests in understanding the workings of societal heteronormativity and its effects on geographies of sexualities, quality of life in non-heterosexuals, spatiotemporal negotiation of non-heterosexual identities and specifically the effects of heteronormative stigma and/or minority stress on mental health and well-being in non-heterosexuals and gender-diverse people.

My background in human geography drives my motivations to study various links between the structural-individual scales and penetrate the barriers between diverse disciplinary thought. I also have a background in queer and feminist theories. I work at the National Institute of Mental Health (Klecany, Czechia), where my research focuses on minority stress and its effects on Czech non-heterosexual populations. I also work as an independent scholar in the field of geographies of sexualities and as a chair of a Prague based NGO Queer Geography that focuses on the popularization of evidence-based science, and functions as a knowledge base to support of non-heterosexuals’ and gender-diverse people’s rights and liberties in Czechia, Slovakia and beyond. My activities also include work in HIV/AIDS destigmatization and related policy making.


Selected Works:

PITOŇÁK, M. (2017). Mental health in non-heterosexuals: Minority stress theory and related explanation frameworks review. Mental Health & Prevention, 5, 63-73.


PITOŇÁK, M. (2019). Lessons from the “Periphery”: Countering Anglo-Geographic Hegemony over geographies of sexuality and gender. Documents d’Anàlisi Geogràfica, 1573, 1.


PITOŇÁK, M., SPILKOVÁ, J. (2016): Homophobic prejudice in Czech youth: a socio-demographic analysis of young people’s opinions on homosexuality. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 13, 3, pp. 215-229 ISSN 1868-9884. DOI: 10.1007/s13178-015-0215-8.

Jorge Eduardo Moncayo Quevedo, He/Him

Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia

Main Research Areas: Sexuality, Sexual diversity, LGBTI studies, Mental Health, Qualitative Research

Biography: Jorge Eduardo Moncayo, Colombian Psychologist, Master in Sociology and PhD in Education. Interested in topics about sexuality, sexual diversity, LGBTI studies, Mental health LGBTI.

Professor and principal researcher at the Antonio Nariño University. In charge of courses in community social psychology and research. I research topics on sexual health and sexual diversity. Currently I lead a research on sexual health, focused on the use and not use of condoms, in men who have sex with men and transgender women from a qualitative perspective.

Support for the psychosocial team of the community-based organization Santamría Fundación, which is oriented to the claim, defense and guarantee of a dignified citizenship for Trans women (Transvestites, Transgender, Transsexuals) in the city of Cali, Colombia, called Santamaría Foundation.

Selected Works:

Reconocer al otro y la otra como experiencia sanadora y herramienta política de empoderamiento” (2020) En Pensamiento de frontera en convivencia e interculturalidad. Aportes desde la sistematización de experiencias. Editorial Bonaventuriana.

Sexual Diversity, School, and Subjectivity: The Irrationality of the Dominant Rationale” Subjectivity within Cultural-Historical Approach. Perspectives in Cultural-Historical Research. (2019)

Juan Pedro Serrano

University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Bio coming soon. 

Sandra Šević

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Bio coming soon.

Muhammad Nadir Shahzad

University Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Main Research Areas: Mainstreaming of marginalized communities, Social inclusion of Transgender people, Aging and Health issues

Biography: I am currently enrolled in PhD Sociology at PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi in the department of sociology and criminology. I have been engaged in research and teaching Sociology since the last 8 years. I have published articles in national and International journals on the issues of deprived communities (transgender people in particular) and youth problems in Pakistan. Presently, I am working on Transgender Marginalization in Pakistan in the context of social, cultural and political landscape of Pakistani society. I have established a Literacy school at Rawalpindi (Punjab province) for the Transgender people with the administrative and financial assistance of ministry of literacy in Punjab-Pakistan-to cater the basic education needs of the illiterate transgender people. Further, during COVID-19 periods, I have actively been involved with various community development organizations in twin cities-Rawalpindi and Islamabad aimed at ensuring economic and social Well-being of transgender people. I have been involved in two projects funded by HEC Pakistan under the supervision of my doctoral thesis supervisor Dr. Mazhar Hussain Bhutta. Currently, I am working my PhD Dissertation Titled as “Transgender Marginalization in Punjab Pakistan”. I am exploring the social, economic, cultural, political and religious aspect of marginalization in the Pakistani community.

Yitschak Shnoor

Myers-JDC Brookdale Institute, Israel

Main Research Areas: Aging, Employment and retirement at an advanced age, Aging LGBT, Old-age homes models.

Biography: Research scholar, Aging Team, Family Group, at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB).

Yitschak Shnoor has worked at MJB since 1995. His main research areas are: work and retirement at an advanced age, special populations among the elderly (LGBTs, Disabled IDF veterans), and the concept of “home” in nursing homes. He is the editor of the Statistical Abstract on the Elderly in Israel, and specializes in the demography of aging and its impact on Israeli society. In recent years, he has addressed the policy of community social services and models for cultural change in old-age homes.

Yitschak holds a BA and MA in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in public policy for the elderly from the University of Haifa.

Selected Works:

Needs of the Aging LGBT Community in Israel. Shnoor, Y., Berg-Warman, A. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol 89(I), 2019.

Employment Programs for Older Adults. Shnoor, Y. The National Insurance Institute, Jerusalem, 2015.

Improvements and Decline in the Physical Functioning of Israeli Older Adults. Spalter, T., Brodsky, J., Shnoor, Y. The Gerontologist, vol 54, 6, 2013.

Arne Stinchcombe, He/Him

Brock University, Canada

Main Research Areas: Aging, gerontology, health, LGBTQ+

Biography: Dr. Arne Stinchcombe is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Applied Gerontology (MAG) program and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University in Canada. He maintains expertise in the psychosocial aspects of health, aging, and older adulthood.

Selected Works:

Stinchcombe, A., Hammond, N., & Wilson, K. (2020). Differential effects of social support by sexual orientation: a study of depression symptoms among older Canadians in the CLSA. Research on Aging. 42(9-10), 251-261. doi: 10.1177/0164027520923111

Boulé, J., Wilson, K., Kortes-Miller, K., & Stinchcombe, A. (2020). “We live in a wonderful country, Canada, but”: Perspectives form older LGBTQ Ontarians on visibility, connection, and power in care and community. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 91(3), 235-252 doi: 10.1177/0091415019857060

Wilson, K., Stinchcombe, A., Ismail., M., & Kortes-Miller, K. (2019). LGBTQ2+ aging in Canada: Building the evidence and informing action. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28(3), 257–260. doi:10.3138/cjhs.2018-0049

Judit Takács

Institute for Sociology Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence

Main Research Areas: Aging, gerontology, health, LGBTQ+

Biography: Dr. Arne Stinchcombe is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Applied Gerontology (MAG) program and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University in Canada. He maintains expertise in the psychosocial aspects of health, aging, and older adulthood.

Selected Works:

Stinchcombe, A., Hammond, N., & Wilson, K. (2020). Differential effects of social support by sexual orientation: a study of depression symptoms among older Canadians in the CLSA. Research on Aging. 42(9-10), 251-261. doi: 10.1177/0164027520923111

Boulé, J., Wilson, K., Kortes-Miller, K., & Stinchcombe, A. (2020). “We live in a wonderful country, Canada, but”: Perspectives form older LGBTQ Ontarians on visibility, connection, and power in care and community. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 91(3), 235-252 doi: 10.1177/0091415019857060

Wilson, K., Stinchcombe, A., Ismail., M., & Kortes-Miller, K. (2019). LGBTQ2+ aging in Canada: Building the evidence and informing action. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28(3), 257–260. doi:10.3138/cjhs.2018-0049

Suen-Yiu Tung

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Bio coming soon.

Cuauhtémoc Sánchez Vega, He/Him


Biography: Psychology Graduate degree at UNAM. Master at Sexuality and Gender. Master at Education and teachers formation. Diplomas about HIV & AIDS, Sexual Transmited Infections, Crisis intervention, Thanatology, Abilities for life, Aging and Old age.

I have worked with Health and Education Institutions across the country. And now I´m coordinator of a Master program of Sexuality in 3 states of the country. And a Diploma program about psychogerontology.

Selected Works:

Sánchez, V.C. (2019). Capítulo 16. Escala de actitudes y creencias en torno a la sexualidad de mujeres y hombres envejecidos. En Ma. Alonso Reyes, Montero-López Lena y Montes de Oca Zavala, (coord.). Desafíos en la vejez: salud, empleo y población. UNAM. Secretaría de Desarrollo Institucional.

Sánchez, V. y Tinajero, M. (2019). Capítulo 9. Acumulación de la violencia basada en género en el curso de vida de mujeres envejecidas. En Montero-López Lena, Alonso Reyes y Sánchez Vega (coord.). Miradas de la vejez: calidad de vida, identidad, violencia y trabajo. UNAM. Secretaría de Desarrollo Institucional.

Sánchez Vega, C. (2018). Potencialidades Sexuales: Marco teórico de la sexualidad en la vejez. En Guerrero Castañeda. (Coordinador). El adulto mayor en la contemporaneidad. (pp. 109-125). Guadalajara, Jalisco. México. Amaya Editores.

王增勇 Frank Wang

National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Bio coming soon.

Kim Wilson, She/Her

University of Guelph, Canada


Martín Winzeler


Coming soon,

Tarynn Witten, She/Her

Virginia Commonwealth University, US (retired)

Main Research Areas: Lifepath Disparities in the Trans* and Non-binary Populations populations, wisdom development and spirituality/religiosity

Biography: Tarynn M. Witten, PhD, MSW, FGSA, is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and holder of the Inaugural Nathan W. Award for her work on the use of supercomputing algorithms to study the effects of sample size estimation on mortality patterns in different animal species. She is currently Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. In the past, Dr. Witten has served as one of the consortium members of the Biomarkers of Aging Project located at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging. Dr. Witten was a member of the consulting consortium of the Healthy People 2010 Project and formerly served on the founding Board of Directors of the National AIDS and HIV over Fifty Association (NAHOF). She has served on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Aging and as a member of the Virginia Commission on Aging. Along with her colleague Dr. A. Evan Eyler, she published the first refereed scientific research publication on violence and abuse in the transgender community, bringing to light the public health issues of violence against the trans-community. She has published over 60 research papers, books and book chapters related to gender-identity challenges in the elderly. She is the author of the UC Santa Barbara Center report on “Transgender & Intersex in the Military”, the first comprehensive report on the subject matter. Her book, “The Tao of Gender,” is a Taoist view of the transgender experience. Her most recent book is, “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Aging: Challenges in Research, Practice and Policy. She is the 2009 winner of VCU’s Burnside-Watstein award for her services to the GLBT community. She is an outspoken advocate for the rights of the trans*/non-binary and intersex-identified elderly populations.

Selected Works:

Witten, T.M. (2016). Health and well-being of transgender elders. (in). Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics – LGBT. (Eds.) Hash, K. & Rogers, A. New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing.

Witten, T.M. (2016). Intersectional challenges of aging and of being a gender noncomforming adult. Generations, 40 (2): 63 – 70.

Porter, K., Brennan-Ing, M., Chang, D., dickey, l., Singh, A., Bower, B. & Witten, T.M. (2016). Providing competent and affirming services for transgender and gender non-conforming older adults. Clinical Gerontologist. DOI: 10.1080/07317115.206.1203383