Events / Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series

LGBT People and Incarceration

New Data on Sexual Minority Adults and Youth Behind Bars in the United States

Past Event
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
12:30 PM — 1:30 PM
Vera Institute of Justice

Using newly available data from surveys conducted in U.S. prisons, jails, and youth custody facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 this panel will report on incarceration rates of sexual minority men, women, and youth and some characteristics of these populations and their incarceration. Findings show a surprisingly high rate of incarceration, mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization of sexual minorities.

Ilan H. Meyer, PhD is Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Dr. Meyer studies public health issues related to minority health. His areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender. In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer has developed a model of minority stress that describes the relationship of social stressors and mental disorders and helps to explain LGBT health disparities. The model has guided his and other investigators’ population research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the mechanisms by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma. Dr. Meyer is Principal Investigator of two important studies, the Generations Study, a study of stress, identity, health, and health care utilization across three cohorts of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals in the United States (NICHD grant 1R01HD078526). The TransPop study, the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S. (NICHD grant 1R01HD078526). The study results will provide a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender people than has been available to researchers and policy makers to date.