News Comparing intersectional life-course inequalities among LGBTQI+ people in four European countries

Bringing together an international and multi-disciplinary team of researchers, this project investigates the potential inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people across the lifecourse. 

The key objective is to provide new cross-cultural evidence concerning life course inequalities experienced by LGBTQI+ people, comparing and contrasting these across four European countries with different yet interrelated social, historical, economic and political backgrounds: England, Germany, Portugal and Scotland.

The project also examines how inequalities related to gender and / or sexual identity vary and intersect with others, such as social class, ethnicity, citizenship status, health status, disability, religion and geographical location across the life course.

Work-packages will be conducted in each of the four countries to gather data from existing national and international surveys, and from legal, policy, organisational and practitioner documents. Alongside this, we will conduct new qualitative research with LGBTQI+ people in each country.

The accumulated data will also be used to develop a multi-agent based simulation model to inform theoretical development in relation to the LGBTQI+ intersectional lifecourse and explore future policy and research agendas. The findings will be disseminated to academics and key stakeholders through reports, publications, conference presentations, social media, and knowledge exchange activities.

LGBTQI+ Lives Scotland

In Scotland, the CILIA-LGBTQI+ research is led by Professor Yvette Taylor and joined by Dr Matson Lawrence. We are based at the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 

Find more information about the Scotland research team.

The research in Scotland is informed by the CILIA-LGBTQI+ National Advisory Group. Find out more information about the group.

Visit our separate project website for more information about the research in Scotland.

Further information

The CILIA-LGBTQI+ project is led by Dr Andrew King (University of Surrey, England) and the principal investigators are Dr Ana Cristina Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Professor Maria do Mar Castro Varela, (Alice Salomon University, Germany) and Professor Yvette Taylor (University of Strathclyde, Scotland). Find more information about the CILIA-LGBTQI+ study and the teams in England, Germany and Portugal, and Scotland.

The CILIA-LGBTQI+ project runs until 2021. It is funded by NORFACE, a consortium of European Research Councils, as part of the DIAL (Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes) transnational research programme.