Generations: A Study of the Life and Health of LGB People


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By Ilan H. Meyer, Stephen Russell, Marguerita Lightfoot, David M. Frost, Phillip Hammack, Bianca D.M. Wilson, Mark Handcock

The “Generations” study is the first long-term, five-year study to examine the health and well-being across three generations of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGB). The study explores identity, stress, health outcomes, and health care and services utilization among LGBs in three generations of adults who came of age at different historical contexts.

The study is being conducted by researchers at the Williams Institute; University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Arizona; and Columbia University.  The study is affiliated with the California Center for Population Research at UCLA. A distinguished advisory board of scientists was also appointed for study quality assurance. The “Generations” study is funded by a $3.4 million federal grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD grant 1R01HD078526).

While the focus of the “Generations” study is on the lives and experiences of LGB people, researchers are conducting a separate study to address issues affecting transgender people (regardless of sexual orientation). “TransPop: U.S. Transgender Population Health Survey” will be the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S.

Click here to visit the Generations website.

Click here for the press release.


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