Originating in Black Feminist scholarship, intersectionality refers to the convergence of multiple systems of oppression that together underlie the ways that individuals interact with the world around them and how they are treated by others. For LGBTQ+ people, experiences of discrimination, rejection, and violence contribute to negative health outcomes. Yet, the LGBTQ community is comprised of many sexual identities and gender modalities, diverse racial and ethnic groups, differing abilities, and a range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
Understanding how different systems of oppression intersect to impact individual health requires taking an intersectional approach to research. Through an intersectional lens, we are studying how sexual and gender minority people of color experience stigma, how intersectional stigma contributes to health disparities, and what unique strengths may lie at the intersection of race/ethnicity and sexual/gender identity. Using this empirical data and feedback from participants, we are evaluating the impact of existing and adapted interventions for sexual and gender minority people of color.
- Moderators of LGBQ-affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy: ESTEEM is especially effective among Black and Latino sexual minority men.Keefe JR, Rodriguez-Seijas C, Jackson SD, Bränström R, Harkness A, Safren SA, Hatzenbuehler ML, Pachankis JE. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2023 Mar; 2023 Feb 13. PMID: 36780265.
- Gender-based Structural Stigma and Intimate Partner Violence Across 28 Countries: A Population-based Study of Women Across Sexual Orientation, Immigration Status, and Socioeconomic Status.Scheer JR, Pachankis JE, Bränström R. J Interpers Violence. 2022 Jun; 2020 Dec 10. PMID: 33302766.
- A pilot test of a treatment to address intersectional stigma, mental health, and HIV risk among gay and bisexual men of color.Jackson SD, Wagner KR, Yepes M, Harvey TD, Higginbottom J, Pachankis JE. Psychotherapy (Chic). 2022 Mar; 2022 Jan 13. PMID: 35025569.
- Body Image Concerns, Correlates, and Community Connection Among Black and Latinx Sexual Minority Cisgender Men and Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Young Adults.Soulliard ZA, Layland EK, Smith JC, Kipke MD, Bray BC. LGBT Health. 2022 Feb-Mar; 2022 Jan 3. PMID: 34981966.
- Intersectional experiences, stigma-related stress, and psychological health among Black LGBQ individuals.Jackson SD, Mohr JJ, Sarno EL, Kindahl AM, Jones IL. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2020 May; 2020 Feb 24. PMID: 32091225.
- The Burden of Stigma on Health and Well-Being: A Taxonomy of Concealment, Course, Disruptiveness, Aesthetics, Origin, and Peril Across 93 Stigmas.Pachankis JE, Hatzenbuehler ML, Wang K, Burton CL, Crawford FW, Phelan JC, Link BG. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2018 Apr; 2017 Dec 31. PMID: 29290150.
- Anti-LGBT and Anti-immigrant Structural Stigma: An Intersectional Analysis of Sexual Minority Men's HIV Risk When Migrating to or Within Europe.Pachankis JE, Hatzenbuehler ML, Berg RC, Fernández-Dávila P, Mirandola M, Marcus U, Weatherburn P, Schmidt AJ. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Dec 1. PMID: 28787329.
- Rodriguez-Seijas, C., Burton, C. L., Adeyinka, O., & Pachankis, J. E. (2019). On the quantitative study of multiple marginalization: Paradox and potential solution. Stigma and Health, 4(4), 495–502. https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000166