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Health Promotion for Sexual and Gender Minorities

Submission deadline: 30 September 2022
Special Issue Editor
  • Kiffer G. Card, PhD
    Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Journal of Men’s Health (JOMH) is a peer-reviewed publication that covers all aspects of health among men, including cis- and trans- men. 

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations experience marginalization, stigma, oppression, and discrimination. SGM people are more likely to experience physical and sexual violence, and to be harassed in public, online, and at work. As a result, SGM people experience higher levels of stress than the general population. Elevated levels of stress, in turn, are causally related to a wide range of adverse behavioural, chronic, and acute health outcomes. Making matters worse, SGM people are less likely to get access to essential health services and support when in need, are less likely to have a primary care provider, and face significant barriers to disclosing themselves as SGM in health settings. Clinical practice standards for SGM care are a patchwork and often non-existent. For these reasons, SGM people face a significant burden of disease, an elevated risk for premature mortality, and considerable health inequities when compared with cisgender heterosexual people. 

The health crises facing SGM people are even more pressing for key subpopulations. As first described by Black, Indigenous, queer and other feminist scholars, individuals with multiple marginalized identities have distinct experiences, given the intersections of systems of power. While these intersections can give rise to individual and community resilience, complex social processes also produce unique vulnerabilities that rob individuals of support and turn them into targets for discrimination or attack. As a result, many individuals with multiple marginalized identities face compounded health challenges, poorer health, and shorter lives. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened many of the challenges described above. In particular, pandemic restrictions may have disrupted the health services tailored for SGM, cut SGM individuals off from vital sources of support and community, and exposed them to vulnerable social situations. The extent of these impacts are wide-spread and may have lasting effects beyond the post-pandemic period.

In this special issue, we invite articles that address the health of SGM. We are interested in studies that emphasize the biological, psychological, social, and emotional processes giving rise to health disparities between SGM and the broader population. Researchers that have compared the health status of SGM throughout the COVID-19 pandemic using serial cross-sectional or cohort designs are encouraged to submit their studies to this special issue. Further, we welcome studies that explore potential policies, healthcare practices, social reforms and other interventions that promote health, resilieince, and inclusion among SGM. Finally, studies that explore key intersetions with other identity characteristics will be given priority for inclusion in this special issue. Due to the Journal’s scope, papers that include women should include gender-stratified analyses that offer substantial comparisons across genders.

Assis. Prof. Kiffer G. Card

Guest Editor

sexual and gender minorities
mental health
social inclusion
social connection
social support
substance use
harm reduction
sexualized drug use
Party N’Play
healthcare access and utilization
implementation science
Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted via our online editorial system at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to start your submission. Manuscripts can be submitted now or up until the deadline. All papers will go through peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published in the journal (as soon as accepted) and meanwhile listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, reviews as well as short communications are preferred. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office to announce on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. Please visit the Instruction for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) in this open access journal is 1500 USD. Submitted manuscripts should be well formatted in good English.

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