How Prejudice and Stigma Harm the Health and Well-Being of LGBT People

Scientific studies have shown that prejudice and discrimination can have negative health consequences for LGBT people. Williams Institute Distinguished Senior Scholar Ilan Meyer, a leading pioneer in the field of LGBT health, will explain how the minority stress process can be used to understand the relationship between anti-LGBT laws, discrimination, and health.

Meyer, serving as an expert witness, has used minority stress to explain the impact of anti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, and the US. Aleksandra Huic, University of Zagreb, Croatia, will discuss how minority stress has been observed in Croatia and the importance of research in shedding light on sexual minority issues.    

This webinar will help development practitioners, researchers and LGBT advocates understand the relationship between laws, culture and health.



Andrew Park is the International Program Director at the Williams Institute. Previously, Park served as Program Director at Wellspring Advisors, LLC, where he managed US and international grantmaking programs in the fields of LGBT rights, treatment access, rights of persons with disabilities, human rights, youth, healthcare for transgender people, and other social justice initiatives.  He also served as the coordinator of the International Human Rights Funders Group and co-chair of the Global Philanthropy Project.





Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. is a Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law.  Prior to coming to UCLA in 2011, Dr. Meyer was Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Deputy Chair for MPH Programs at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.





Aleksandra Huić graduated at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 2004. Since 2004 till 2008 she worked as an expert associate in the Center for Psychodiagnostic Instruments (today Center for Applied Psychology). In October 2008 she started working as a research fellow at the Chair for Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology. She got her PhD at the end of 2012, and became a senior research fellow/instructor in February of 2013. She became a research associate in 2014.

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