Skip to main content

Global LGBTQ Health

Research, Policy, Practice, and Pathways

  • Textbook
  • Open Access
  • © 2024

You have full access to this open access Textbook


  • Is the first-known book to date that comprehensively covers global LGBTQ health
  • Is the first-known book that compares LGBTQ health across diverse country and regional contexts
  • Is the first-known book on LGBTQ health in which a large portion of the contents focus on Global South countries
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Global LGBTQ Health (GLLH)

Buy print copy

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

About this book

This open access book is a groundbreaking volume that creates a new field within the intersection of “global health” and “LGBTQ health” delineating specific health challenges and resiliencies. There has been increasing awareness of the importance in recognizing LGBTQ health issues and disparities. However, there is a dearth of research and scholarship that examines LGBTQ health through global and comparative perspectives. This book addresses this gap.

In the pursuit of scientific inquiry, the disciplines in public health have often emphasized reductionist perspectives that are particularized to a specific locale, municipality, or country. This book's provision of broader perspectives, cross-cutting disparities and issues, and socio-political-cultural contextualization inform the development of new research, policies, interventions, and programs. Students benefit by learning about LGBTQ health research, policies, and programs in various countries and regions. Public health researchers benefit by learning about research conducted in various countries and regions, along with understanding how research has been linked to and impacted by various policies and programs. Policymakers benefit from learning about overarching and comparative perspectives that could inform more effective policies, including those connected to multiple locations. Practitioners learn about various public health practices in multiple countries and regions that could contribute to novel and creative solutions and approaches within the respective contexts.

The nine chapters of this volume facilitate greater socio-political-cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence; undertake an in-depth literature review of health factors and outcomes; and provide recommendations for increasing health-related capacity through development and collaborations between agencies, organizations, and institutions across countries and/or regions.

Global LGBTQ Health: Research, Policy, Practice, and Pathways is primarily intended for students and instructors in public health, medicine, nursing, other health professions, psychology, social work, LGBTQ or gender/sexuality studies, human rights, and the social sciences. The book is also a useful resource for public health researchers and practitioners, policymakers, and healthcare and social service providers.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Towson University, Towson, USA

    Sel J. Hwahng

  • Department of Health, Behavior & Society and Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA

    Michelle R. Kaufman

About the editors

Sel J. Hwahng, PhD (they/them/their) is assistant professor in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Health and Sexuality track, at Towson University. They are also pursuing an Sc.M. degree in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their current research focuses on women of color and LGBTQ nutritional and cardiometabolic health disparities utilizing social, behavioral, and epidemiological methods. They also lead an ontological-based leadership course at higher education institutions. They are a recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships from organizations/institutions such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, American Public Health Association, International AIDS Society, Association for Women in Psychology, and American Heart Association. Publications include over 30 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Dr. Hwahng is alsoeditor of the book series Global LGBTQ Health in which this volume is featured. 

Michelle R. Kaufman, PhD (she/her/hers) is associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society and the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is a social psychologist by training. Dr. Kaufman’s research focuses on the social determinants of health, particularly the role of gender and sexual identity. She has spent over 20 years studying sex, gender, and sexuality as predictors of health disparities in more than 12 countries using mixed and interdisciplinary research methods. Her work is focused primarily in low- and middle-income settings and has been funded by the NIH, USAID, CDC, Fulbright, Gates Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Currently she leads the Data for Health Gender Equity Unit, an initiative focused on improving health data systems in 40+ low- andmiddle-income countries to ensure people of all genders are counted in health data.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Global LGBTQ Health

  • Book Subtitle: Research, Policy, Practice, and Pathways

  • Editors: Sel J. Hwahng, Michelle R. Kaufman

  • Series Title: Global LGBTQ Health

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-36203-3Published: 26 January 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-36206-4Due: 26 February 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-36204-0Published: 25 January 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2946-5575

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-5583

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 308

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Public Health, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Social Structure, Social Inequality, Social Structure, Social Inequality

Publish with us