Demography of Sexuality in a Changing Social and Legal Landscape

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Elise Richter Saal (Main Building)
RC41 Sociology of Population (host committee)

Language: English

Much of the demographic work to date on sexual minorities has focused on outcomes related to sexual health, the labor market, and relationship and child wellbeing. Over the past five years, however, there have been rapid shifts internationally in the social and legal conditions for sexual minorities. In light of these changes, demographers are studying population sexuality in a new climate that demands reevaluation of old findings and consideration of new questions. 
In particular, shifting relationship recognition opens doors for research on whether same-sex couples experience similar marital benefits as those that accrue in different-sex relationships. Within the workplace, a renewed focus on income inequality and occupational segregation is warranted to assess the persistence of differences across sexual identity and relationship status. And the addition of sexual identity questions to many health surveys has permitted assessment of health outcomes that extend beyond those related to sexual behavior or sexually transmitted infections.
This proposed regular session would consist of papers that address these and other timely issues in population sexuality from a global perspective. Papers that grapple with the way in which demographic theories and methods must be reevaluated to incorporate the experiences of sexual minorities would be particularly considered.
Session Organizer:
Amanda BAUMLE, University of Houston, USA
Third Gender: The Challenges for Developing Countries
Jagan KARADE, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India, India
To Marry or Not to Marry: Financial Aspects of Cohabitation Couples in Russia
Sofia MEDVEDEVA, Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia