For the latest ISGMH Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, we were joined by Dr. Sari van Anders, Canada 150 Research Chair and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience at Queens University. Dr. Sari van Anders presented an overview of Sexual Configurations Theory, an empirically grounded framework for understanding sexuality informed by both biology and culture. According to Dr. van Anders, a major limitation of existing theories about sexuality is that they have many gaps and do not always map onto people’s actual, lived experiences. She proposes Sexual Configurations Theory as one, and not the only, framework for understanding sexuality that is inclusive, diverse, and applicable in a variety of settings – including empirical research, feminist and queer empowerment, and in clinical, counseling, and health contexts.
To learn more about the theory, read this helpful zine Dr. van Anders created with her colleagues: “Mapping Your Sexuality: From Sexual Orientation to Sexual Configurations Theory”
The Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series is generously co-sponsored by Northwestern Medicine.