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About the Research​

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 this study.

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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.

Robert Beringer

Robert Beringer


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 Bhutta

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 Chang


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.
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Shang-Ti Chen


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

Claudio Di Lorito


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

Sonja Ellis


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.