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Review of Data and Research on Social Outcomes for LGBT Populations

Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study to review data and research on the state of LGBT populations on dimensions such as family formation and parenting, social stratification and mobility, attitudes and social acceptance, mental and physical health, military, workplace and school experiences, and integration in American society. The committee will conduct this work in order to better understand how these issues differ over the lifespan, with attention to how issues of intersectionality impact different outcomes. Areas of focus will include:

• The changing legal status of LGBT people.

• Demography of the LGBT population.

• LGBT workplace experiences (jobs, occupations, hiring, promotion, and disparate treatment).

• Extent of violence, stigma, and discrimination as a result of sexual orientation or gender identity.

• LGBT civic engagement, political participation, social services (child welfare, health education), and social movements.

• Future data needs and methodological challenges to monitoring these issues and others.


Status: Current


Project Duration (months): 30 month(s)

RSO: White, Jordyn


Committee on Population


Behavioral and Social Sciences
Health and Medicine
Surveys and Statistics

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 06/12/2019

Charlotte J. Patterson - (Co-Chair)
CHARLOTTE J. PATTERSON is professor of psychology in the Psychology Department and chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the role of sexual orientation in human development and family lives, and she is best known for her studies of child development in lesbian- and gay-parented families. Dr. Patterson was a member of the Committee on LGBT Health Issues and Research Gaps convened by the former Institute of Medicine (now Health and Medicine Division); their report, entitled The Health of LGBT People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, was published by the National Academies Press in 2011. She has co-edited four books, including the Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation (Oxford University Press, 2013). Dr. Patterson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). She has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from APA Division 44 (1996), the Outstanding Achievement Award from the APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns (1997), the Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award from APA Division 43 (2002), and the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy Award from APA (2009). Dr. Patterson has a Ph.D. degree in psychology from Stanford University.
Martin-José J. Sepulveda - (Co-Chair)
MARTÍN-JOSÉ SEPÚLVEDA (NAM) is an IBM fellow and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Technology. He is also CEO and principal of CLARALUZ LLC, a health, data, technology, and analytics consulting firm. Dr. Sepúlveda serves as a senior executive advisor to IBM Watson Health and five health technology start-up companies. He previously served as IBM vice-president of integrated health services and he led health policy and strategy, health benefits innovation and purchasing, occupational health, and well-being services for IBM globally. Dr. Sepúlveda is currently a board member of the National Academies’ Board on Children, Youth, and Families, the Council for Health Research for Development, the University of Iowa College of Public Health Board of Advisors, and the University of Pennsylvania Board of Overseers. He has an M.P.H and an M.D. from Harvard University.
M. V. L. Badgett
M. V. LEE BADGETT is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on the faculty of the School of Public Policy. She is also a Williams distinguished scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute. Dr. Badgett has written many journal articles and reports on economic and policy issues for LGBT people. Her current research focuses on poverty in the LGBT community, employment discrimination against LGBT people in the U.S., and the cost of homophobia and transphobia in global economies. Her newest book, The Economic Case for LGBT Rights: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits us All, will be published in 2020. Dr. Badgett’s book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?, analyzes the positive U.S. and European experiences with marriage equality for gay couples. Her first book, Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men, presented her groundbreaking work debunking the myth of gay affluence. Dr. Badgett is also the author of The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley.
Marlon M. Bailey
MARLON M. BAILEY is associate professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University and the Benedict distinguished visiting professor in Africana studies at Carleton College. His book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, published in 2013, won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association in 2014 and he was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT Studies. Dr. Bailey’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including: American Quarterly; Gay and Lesbian Quarterly; Signs, Feminist Studies, Souls, Gender, Place, and Culture; The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services; AIDS Patient Care & STDs; LGBT Health; and in several book collections. He is also the recipient of the Joan Heller Bernard fellowship from the Center for LGBT Studies (CLAGS) in New York City. Dr. Bailey has a Ph.D. in African-American studies/gender from the University of California-Berkeley.
Katharine B. Dalke
KATHARINE B. DALKE is a psychiatrist at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg, PA, with a clinical focus on the psychiatric care and support of LGBTQ and intersex adolescents and adults. Dr. Dalke is also an assistant professor of psychiatry and director for culturally responsive healthcare education at Penn State College of Medicine. Her academic efforts center on LGBTQ and intersex mental health and cultural competency within an intersectional framework. She is a longtime advocate for people with intersex conditions/differences of sex development, and has been recognized with an appointment to the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Dr. Dalke received her M.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she also gained an M.A. degree in bioethics. She trained in psychiatry at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with additional clinical training in transgender health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Andrew R. Flores
ANDREW R. FLORES is assistant professor of government at American University and visiting scholar at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Dr. Flores’s research focuses on attitude formation and change about marginalized groups, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBT) and the implementation of LGBTQ-related policies as a result of such attitudes. He also studies the political behavior of LGBT people with a central focus on the role of linked-fate in LGBTQ politics. Dr. Flores has examined the demography of LGBT people, and has published estimates of the number of adults who identify as transgender in the United States. He has also documented the experiences of LGBT people when interacting with state institutions and the effect of LGBTQ-related public policies and elections on LGBTQ people and the general public. Dr. Flores’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; American Journal of Public Health; Public Opinion Quarterly; and Political Psychology. He has a Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.
Gary J. Gates
GARY J. GATES is a recognized expert on the geography and demography of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. He co-authored The Gay and Lesbian Atlas and was the Blachford-Cooper distinguished scholar and research director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law prior to his retirement. Dr. Gates also served as senior researcher at Gallup and as research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He has published extensively on the demographic and economic characteristics of the LGBT population and national and international media outlets regularly feature his work. He provided expert witness testimony in DeBoer v. Snyder, one of the four cases challenging state bans on marriage for same-sex couples heard by the U.S. Supreme Court as part of Obergefell v. Hodges. Justice Anthony Kennedy cited Gates’ friend-of-the-court brief in his majority opinion in Obergefell holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage. Dr. Gates has a Ph.D. in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
Angelique Harris
ANGELIQUE HARRIS is founding director of the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies, director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program, and associate professor of sociology in the department of social and cultural sciences, all at Marquette University. Her research and teaching interests include: the sociology of health and illness; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; religion; and social movements. Dr. Harris’s research examines social problems and issues within marginalized communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and those at their intersections. She also looks at sociopolitical involvement and community engagement within marginalized communities and how disadvantaged groups understand, construct, and respond to health issues as well as how the marginalization and stigmatization they experience in their various communities impact their access to health care. Dr. Harris has authored and co-authored several books, including: Queer People of Color: Connected but Not Comfortable; AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole; and The Intersection of Race and Sexuality book series, which examines the lives and experiences of queer Black, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific Islander populations across the United States. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler
MARK L. HATZENBUEHLER is associate professor of sociomedical sciences and sociology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His research focuses on structural stigma, social/contextual determinants of sexual orientation health disparities, and biopsychosocial mechanisms linking stigma to health. He has published 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his work has been published in several leading journals, including: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Psychological Bulletin; American Psychologist; American Journal of Public Health; JAMA Pediatrics; and JAMA Psychiatry. In recognition of this work, he received the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the 2016 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the 2018 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 44). Dr. Hatzenbuehler previously served on the Committee on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015-2016. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University.
Tonia Poteat
TONIA POTEAT is assistant professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and on faculty in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Dr. Poteat’s research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on LGBTQ health and HIV with particular attention to the role of stigma in driving health disparities. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on the health of transgender adults, and serves as associate editor for the journal, LGBT Health. Dr. Poteat is a certified physician assistant, who provides care for people living with HIV at the UNC Infectious Disease Clinic, and currently serves on the Sexual and Gender Minority Working Group for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office. She has a Ph.D. in international health/social and behavioral interventions from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sari L. Reisner
SARI L. REISNER is assistant professor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, which is based in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of transgender health research at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr. Reisner’s research addresses health disparities in Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) populations, with specialization in transgender health and in adolescent and young adult health. Dr. Reisner is an investigator of multiple LGBTQ health studies funded domestically and internationally, including as PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project to enroll and follow physical and mental health outcomes in a cohort of 4,500 transgender patients in Boston and New York City. He has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles in LGBTQ health, and was profiled in The Lancet in 2016 as a global leader in transgender health. He has a Sc.D. in social and psychiatric epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Stephen T. Russell
STEPHEN T. RUSSELL is the Priscilla Pond Flawn regents professor in child development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and a faculty member in the Population Research Center, both at the University of Texas-Austin. He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships and currently serves on the board of directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. Dr. Russell published a series of papers, which were the first to document significant health risks among sexual-minority adolescents using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. He continues to study health risk and resilience among this population, with an emphasis on gender and cultural differences, and serves as an expert in the role of school policies, programs, and practices in supporting adolescent adjustment, achievement, and health. Dr. Russell has been involved in community and professional organizations throughout his career, including as human relations commissioner in Durham, NC; Davis, CA; and Tucson, AZ. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.
Debra Umberson
DEBRA J. UMBERSON is professor of sociology and director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research focuses on social determinants of health across the life course, with attention to social ties, health disparities, and the use of blended research methods. Much of her recent work considers how spouses influence each other’s health-related behavior, mental health, and health care, and how these processes vary across gay, lesbian, and heterosexual unions. Dr. Umberson documents racial/ethnic differences in exposure to the death of family members over the life course, and implications for health. She is an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2015 Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award for research on aging, and the 2016 recipient of the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health. She is a past editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

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