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Gender and sexual minorities: intersecting inequalities and health

Margaret Robinson (Research Fellow, based at Health Services & Health Equity Research, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, Canada)
Lori E. Ross (Senior Scientist, based at Health Services & Health Equity Research, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, Canada)

Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1757-0980

Article publication date: 29 November 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline the use of intersectionality theory in research with gender and sexual minorities – that is, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people, and lesser-studied groups such as two-spirited people.

Design/methodology/approach

First, the paper note the limited way that LGBTQ research has taken up issues of intersecting oppression. The paper outlines why theoretical and methodological attention to overlapping oppressions is important, and why theorists of intersectionality have identified the additive model as inadequate. The paper presents a sketch of current best practices for intersectional research, notes special issues for intersectional research arising within qualitative and quantitative paradigms, and finishes with an overview of how these issues are taken up in this special issue of Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care.

Findings

Current best practices for intersectional research include. Bringing a critical political lens to data analyses; contextualizing findings in light of systemic oppressions; strategically using both additive and multivariate regression models; and bringing a conscious awareness of the limitations of current methods to our analyses.

Originality/value

This paper addresses the use of intersectionality theory in research with gender and sexual minorities, highlighting methodological issues associated with qualitative and quantitative paradigms in LGBTQ research.

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Citation

Robinson, M. and E. Ross, L. (2013), "Gender and sexual minorities: intersecting inequalities and health", Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 91-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/EIHSC-01-2014-0003

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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