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The diversity of populations, including by sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity and expression, is growing fast worldwide. However, limited empirical research has examined well-being and health and their determinants in sexual and gender diverse communities across distinct cultural and social contexts.

The Global Pride Study was developed to explore these issues with scholars from around the globe. This project builds upon the special double issue publication that was edited by Karen Fredriksen Goldsen and Brian de Vries, which included 15 papers presenting research studies from 10 countries across 6 continents on LGBTQITS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit and sexual and gender diverse) longevity and health.

As a result of the tremendous response we received to the special issue, we reached out to established and new collaborators across the globe and created the Global Pride Network to support international and interdisciplinary work worldwide in these populations – and to conduct 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.

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A. Mani


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


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.
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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.
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Henrique Pereira


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


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

Jorge Eduardo Moncayo Quevedo


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)