The past half-century has witnessed massive social and political change for sexual minorities, with advances for civil rights such as the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness (1973) and the gradual tilt toward marriage equality, as well as major community setbacks such as the AIDS epidemic. Yet most social science research on sexual minorities continues to take a “static” approach to studying lived experience, rarely considering how social and historical change may have impacted distinct generation-cohorts of LGBTQ people. The Generations Project, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), is a multi-site study examining the distinct experiences of three birth cohorts of LGBTQ people. Our aim is to better understand generational differences in stress, health, and development, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Generations Project main website: http://www.generations-study.com/