Best Practices: Collecting and Analyzing Data on Sexual Minorities

  • Laura E. Durso
  • Gary J. Gates
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 5)


High profile public policy debates about the rights of sexual minorities to enact legally sanctioned relationships, parent children, serve in the military, and live and work in environments free of harassment and discrimination have heightened the need for high quality scientific data on sexual minorities. The United States Federal Government’s Healthy People 2020 objectives include a goal to, “improve the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2010). The document suggests that sexual minorities face health disparities linked to stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights and notes the general lack of quality data that identifies sexual minorities and transgender individuals.


Sexual Orientation Sexual Minority Sexual Attraction Gender Nonconformity California Health Interview Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Williams InstituteUCLA School of LawLos AngelesUSA

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