QG is dedicated to promoting a holistic, syndemic, and thus biopsychosocial understanding of related social and health problems, issues, or challenges; in which sense it contributes to a more effective acceptance of sexual and gender diversity within the broader diversity of society, to breaking down stigma, discrimination, and to removing other normative, institutional, legal, or other barriers that reduce the quality of life for some people.
QG encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, streamlines knowledge transfer between disciplines, and supports new interdisciplinary fields such as the geography of sexualities, LGBTQ psychology, and social epidemiology.
The main thematic areas addressed by the QG are:
GEOGRAPHY OF SEXUALITIES: where do LGBTQ+ people feel most free? For what reason and purpose are so-called gay prides held? Why are there “gay bars” or entire “gay neighborhoods”? What is the difference between the life of LGBTQ+ people in cities and in the countryside? We address similar and other questions in Geographies of Sexualities.
SEXUAL CITIZENSHIP: In some countries they are granted rights, but not in others? What are the issues related to the lack of recognition of the human rights of women, LGBTQ+ people, or their right to control their own bodies, or the ability to form relationships, families? These and many other questions fall under the umbrella of so-called sexual citizenship.
LGBTQ+ PSYCHOLOGY: Why do only non-heterosexual people have to go through coming-out? Why do we automatically expect every person growing up to be heterosexual as an adult? What specific issues do LGBTQ+ people deal with throughout their lives in a heteronormative society? These and many other questions are addressed by LGBTQ psychology.
HIV & STIGMA SYNDEMY: Why do gay, bisexual and other men make up more than 70% of all new HIV infections? How does the stigma associated with being non-heterosexual or HIV-positive affect their access to health care? Are gay men simply promiscuous or more difficult to find a steady partner? We look at these and other questions through a syndemic approach.
QUEER AND FEMINIST THEORY: What is the basis of social norms? What is heteronormativity? How do queer and feminist theories interact? What is intersectionality? How is gender different from sex? Will artificial intelligence understand what a woman or a man is? What is sexuality anyway? Philosophy is the foundation of scientific knowledge.