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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.

Raphael Eppler Hattab

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.
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Jacqueline Gahagan


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).
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Sophia Gomez

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
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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.
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Neil Henderson

University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Carlos Eduardo Henning

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.