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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.

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes


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

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
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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


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.
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Saori Kamano


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/
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Takashi Kazama


Chukyo University, Japan
Main Research Areas: Sociology
Biography: Professor of Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences