Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Forschungsstelle zur Geschichte der Sexualwissenschaft

Ilan H. Meyer: Research on mental health of sexual and gender minorities: Overview and historical context

Queer Lecture der MHG und der IQN – Vortrag und Diskussion auf Englisch


Anlässlich des 150. Geburtstags von Magnus Hirschfeld veranstaltet die Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft gemeinsam mit der Initiative Queer Nations e.V. eine Queer Lecture mit einem entfernten Verwandten von Magnus Hirschfeld. Ilan H. Meyer war Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York und arbeitet jetzt als Williams Senior Scholar for Public Policy am Williams Institute der UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles.

In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer has developed a model of minority stress that describes the role of prejudice and stigma in promoting social stressors that bring about adverse health outcomes for LGBT people. The model has guided his and other investigators’ population research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the mechanisms by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma.

In this talk, Dr. Meyer will describe minority stress research findings within a historical context of studies on mental health of LGBT people. Dr. Meyer will then describe his new studies that assess the role of historical context and the social environment in understanding how social changes, such as gay marriage and greater acceptance of LGBT people, has impacted health and well-being of LGBT people.

Moderation: Dr. Benno Gammerl (London), Vorstand Initiative Queer Nations e.V.