Events / Current Issues in LGBTQ Health – Dr. Sari van Anders presents “Sexual and gender/sex diversity beyond sexual orientation”

Current Issues in LGBTQ Health – Dr. Sari van Anders presents “Sexual and gender/sex diversity beyond sexual orientation”

October 2, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Join us for our next Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture featuring Dr. Sari van Anders! Dr. van Anders will be delivering her talk remotely. Attendees are invited to view it on BlueJeans or watch the live stream in the Stonewall Conference Room at 625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL. Lunch will be served and a Q&A session will follow Dr. van Anders’ talk.


Abstract from Dr. van Anders: In this talk, I will describe Sexual Configurations Theory (SCT; van Anders, 2015), a broad framework for studying diverse partnered sexualities as well as individual gender/sex. SCT is an award-winning new theoretical framework built on feminist, queer, trans, intersectional, and bioscience perspectives. I explicitly designed SCT to be relevant to marginalized sexual lived experiences and both minority and majority sexualities. SCT provides ways for individuals to distinguish between sexual interests and behaviors based on gender (e.g., social presentation), sex (e.g., body shape), and gender/sex (e.g., identities) as well as those not based on any of these factors (e.g., person-not-gender sexuality), while allowing participants to define what these terms mean to them. SCT also provides a method for delineating nurturant and erotic connections, as well as partner number sexuality (including no sexual interest in others). In addition, I will discuss how we have used SCT in research and in public dissemination efforts, including a zine. And, I will discuss the possibilities I see for SCT in health-related research.


Dr. Sari van Anders is the new Canada 150 Research Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience, at Queen’s University, after spending a decade at the University of Michigan in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Neuroscience. Dr. van Anders’ research sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, and map gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and also provides unique tools and theories for feminist and queer bioscience, focusing on social neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders’ scholarship has been recognized with awards such as the 2016 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from APS, and the 2014 Frank Beach Young Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders is past editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research, associate editor of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity as well as Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and has been recognized with the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from APA. Academic spaces need to be changed, and Dr. van Anders is engaged in and committed to transformation efforts.