≪Organizer Abstract≫
Minority stress theory suggests that sexual and gender minorities experience greater stress compared with cisgender heterosexual people because they are exposed to sigma and prejudice related to homophobia and transphobia. We will present research from the United States, Europe, and Japan that examines the relationship of the social environment in these different national contexts on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities. Presenters will discuss how stigma and prejudice about sexual and gender minorities are manifested in different national contexts, how the social environment for LGBT people varies across historical periods, and how this has impact an array of health outcomes including substance use, depression, anxiety, general physical health, and suicide. The researchers will discuss different sexual and gender minority populations across the lifespan, paying attention to youth and older adults, differences between sexual identities (e.g., bisexual vs. gay identities), and differences related to gender and gender identity.
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