University of Virginia
Living Under the Rainbow: Queer Kinship Today
Charlotte J. Patterson
Professor of Psychology and Chair, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality
University of Virginia, United States
The pervasive doctrine of heterosexism seeks to exclude queer people from what many consider to be life’s most important experiences: those of forming intimate relationships and family lives. As queer people around the world increasingly refuse to submit to the dictates of this doctrine, we are entering into same sex marriages and other intimate relationships, having children, and creating new kinds of family lives. What has social science research learned thus far about these undertakings? In this talk, I offer a brief overview of some important new findings about same-sex partnerships and about parenting, and ask how queer experiences can inform and inspire us all about the future of family lives in our time.
University College London
Social Change, Stigma, and the Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals
David M. Frost, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Psychology
University College London, United Kingdom
Over the past few decades, there have been several significant improvements in the social context surrounding the lives of sexual and gender minority (i.e. LGBTQ+) individuals. Despite these important changes, sexual and gender minority populations continue to experience physical and mental health problems at higher rates than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Predominant theoretical frameworks in psychology and related disciplines assert that these health inequalities are caused by exposure to social stress stemming from stigma, prejudice, and discrimination perpetrated against sexual and gender minority individuals. However, if this ‘minority stress’ is indeed declining as society becomes more accepting of sexual and gender minorities, why do health inequalities persist? I will review evidence from recent research targeted at addressing this broad question and discuss implications for the future of research on minority stress in psychology and related disciplines.
Culturally Diverse LGBTQI+ Persons: Contributing to cultural responsiveness in working with ethnic minority people, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers of diverse SOGIESC
Carla Moleiro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology
ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
The role of culture has increasingly been recognized as key in understanding the experiences of people, groups, and communities. The experiences of LGBTQI+ people are no exception. In this presentation we will explore specific issues, health and protection needs of LGBTQI+ ethnic minority individuals, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Migratory and cultural diversity will be examined in relation to the psychological well-being of LGBTQI+ people, including the double jeopardy associated to the identification with at least two minority statuses, the role of multiple acculturation processes, and the increased risk of being the target of institutionalized and interpersonal violence and exploitation in their migration routes. The implications for cultural competence training of psychologists and other relevant stakeholders will be discussed, as well as for needed research and public policies and practices.