This Special Issue on Global Overview of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) calls for scholarly research bordering on the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural determinants of sexual orientation and gender identity; gender discrimination; stereotypical views; sexual violence, intimate partner violence, violence against men, violence of women against men, and violence against women. These issues would be examined in specific regions (including Africa, Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia). It also seeks empirical and position papers on the impact of socialization processes on gender identity and women’s participation in leadership, politics and governance. It desires articles focusing on theories and practice of sexual orientation and gender identity; psychotherapeutic practices; gender considerations in formulating reproductive policies to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of all members of the society; health and social policy issues; global and regional human rights mechanisms and advocacy efforts targeting sexual and gender minorities, protection for women and LGBTIs and intersex issues; Applications of international, regional, and national law to the wide range of human rights violations addressed by the Yogyakarta Principles; and best-practices that have helped to achieve some international protection against homophobia and transphobia. It is further calls for submission of papers on the gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and infection, as well as on the politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Humanitarian Laws and International Criminal Law. This special issue is also on the lookout for articles showcasing topics that have shaped the field of gender studies, including queer studies, masculinity studies, and women’s studies. Contributions from all continents are solicited including Africa and Asia which are currently underrepresented in LGBT research.
Priority would be given to data-driven research articles that have direct implications for improving clinical practice and access to care, and reducing health disparities. It is imperative that LGBT and other sexual and gender minority populations are considered as distinct groups rather than combined as a single entity. Similarly, bisexual and transgender populations should not be grouped across gender. Gender assessment should include a two-step method that considers both natal gender (gender assigned at birth) and current gender identity.
This Special Issue aims at providing information on the most recent developments in research, evidence-based clinical best practices, guidelines and policy issues on all sexual and gender minority from a global perspective. Specific potential concepts, ideas, and themes include, but are certainly not limited to: