A promising new academic journal focused on health issues affecting LGBT people of all ages, LGBT Health, is due to launch later this year.
The editorial board line-up bodes well for coverage of aging issues and, especially, transgender issues. Brian de Vries, Ph.D., longtime LGBT aging researcher at San Francisco State University, is one such member. Many familiar transgender researchers have been recruited, as well, including A. Evan Eyler, M.D., Louis Gooren, Ph.D., and Sam Winter, Ph.D.
Sign up for email notices of the publication of LGBT Health editions by emailing journalmarketing3 [at] liebertpub [dot] com. For a news release on the journal, surf to http://www.sciencecodex.com/new_lgbt_health_journal_launching_in_2013-105787
Gay Marriage? That’s so 1960s….
Same-sex couples have been getting married for decades. The law may not have considered their marriages legitimate, but the couples that married certainly did. Ben Klassen, a young, queer research assistant studying same-sex marriage and union blessings before 1980 under the supervision of a professor at Simon Fraser University, is seeking interviewees.
“If you ever heard of or participated in such an event, or if you considered yourself married to your same-sex partner but did not have a ceremony, I would very much like to hear from you. I am also interested to hear from trans folks who, at the time, thought of their marriage as a ‘same-sex’ marriage. Finally, if you are lesbian, gay or trans and objected to same-sex marriages in the pre-1980s period for political or other reasons, please drop me a line.”
“Your contribution, no matter how small, is really important. By sharing your story and knowledge, you can help me document this lesser-known aspect of American history. You can provide information anonymously, or, if you choose, you can be identified by name as a contributor in any publication that includes information provided by you.”
“If you can spare a little time and have information to share, please contact me by email at bjk8 [at] sfu [dot] ca. Thank you!”
San Francisco is the site for a 2013 $60,000 study of LGBT elders, according to an article in the Bay Area Reporter, at http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68429
The study will be headed by Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, who also led a ground-breaking 2009 National Institutes of Health study on LGBT elders nationwide. Online surveys will be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and results are expected by July 2013.
The article also touches on the spotty history of research in LGBT aging, focusing particularly on how AIDS sidetracked the field in the 80s and 90s. Dr. Brian de Vries, a well-regarded expert on LGBT aging, “recalled attending a lecture in the mid 1980s about gay men and aging where an audience member asked if ‘those terms are mutually incompatible “gay” and “aging.”‘” Dr. Marcy Adelman, another pioneering LGBT aging researcher, concurred. “The community wasn’t in a position to focus on aging when struggling so hard to keep everybody alive.”
Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued new “Plans for Advancing LGBT Health Research” (at http://www.nih.gov/about/director/01032013_lgbt_plan.htm) and a report by the NIH LGBT Research Coordinating Committee, “Consideration of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals” (at http://report.nih.gov/UploadDocs/LGBT%20Health%20Report_FINAL_2013-01-03-508%20compliant.pdf).
The University of Washington School of Medicine is looking for participants in a study of LGBT individuals who had a partner who was very sick or injured in the last 5 years and stayed in a hospital or health care facility.
The study will involve a by-phone or in-person interview and a questionnaire and will focus on your experiences making decisions about your partner’s care. Participants will receive $15 for their time. If you are interested, contact the researcerhs at 877-749-3970, by email at info [at] caringforpartners [dot] org, or visit their website at www.caringforpartners.org.