Advancing Equity with Gender and Sexual Identity, Research Dialogues with Ingrid Handlovsky RN, PhD


Advancing Equity with Gender and Sexual Identity: Using Strength-Based Approaches to Unpack the Impact of Interpersonal and Structural Discrimination

Ingrid Handlovsky, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
3:30–5:00 p.m. PT via Zoom (Meeting ID: 815 3753 1154, Password: 488867)

It is well-established that men who self-identify as gay experience health
inequities rooted in homophobia and heteronormativity. Gay men
experience significant health concerns fueled by discrimination yet little is
known about how men manage their health (i.e. the social practices for
promoting their health and navigating exacerbations of chronic illness).
What is known has focused on gay men’s sexual health practices and
adherence to HIV treatment regimens and is informed by neoliberal
discourses of ‘risk’. I will broach recognition of discrimination as a
determinant of health and describe the processes by which discrimination
has greatly influenced the health and illness practices and experiences of
middle-aged and older gay men. Key foci include resilience, health
management, mental health, and the sociohistorical context of pretreatment
HIV. This knowledge is essential to inform extant and future
health services and approaches to support men’s capacities to protect their