Call for Papers: Resilience in Minority Stress of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgender People

Important Dates

  • May 1, 2014: proposal deadline
  • June 15, 2014: contributors will be invited
  • October 1, 2014: deadline for manuscript submission

Guest Editor

  • Ilan H. Meyer, PhD

Theme of the Special Issue

Minority stress theory describes stress processes that stem from stigma and prejudice experienced by lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals (LGBT) and that place LGBT people at risk for adverse mental and physical health outcomes. Hundreds of research articles since the 1990s have shown that minority stress processes lead to mental and physical health problems.

Most of this research has focused on LGB people but more recently research on transgender populations has articulated minority stress processes and has demonstrated its impact on the health of transgender people. Minority stress, like general stress theory, also suggests that against minority stress, LGBT people mount coping responses.

According to theory, the impact of stress on health is determined by the countervailing effects of pathogenic stress processes and ameliorative resilience processes. In general, resilience research has shown that in various populations, starting early in childhood, individuals mount significant, sometimes heroic, coping efforts in the face of stress and adversity.

But research on ameliorating (or salutogenic—health inducing) processes in LGBT populations has lagged. This special issue of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity comes to fill a gap in the literature on resilience in LGBT people.


We seek proposals for manuscripts that will build on and broaden the discussion of stress, resilience, and health in LGBT people and have the potential to enlighten and encourage future research.

Contributions are sought in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Research using intersectional perspectives on diverse populations
  • Research on sexual and gender minorities across the life-span
  • Research that explores theoretical questions about stress, coping, social support, and resilience
  • Research on clinical practice and prevention strategies

Types of Manuscripts

The special issue will include invited manuscripts using empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative), theoretical and conceptual articles, and in-depth reviews of the research and literature. Manuscripts will include standard articles (under 7,500 words), brief reports (under 4,000 words), commentaries (under 1,000 words), and book/media reviews (under 1,000 words).

Proposals Review Deadline

Proposals for contributions are sought by May 1, 2014. Contributors will be invited by June 15, 2014, with manuscript submission expected by October 1, 2014 for publication in Volume 2 (Spring 2015).

How to submit proposals

Proposals should be emailed no later than May 1, 2014.

Proposals must include:

  • Author(s) and affiliations
  • Corresponding author’s name, email address, phone number, and mailing address
  • Type of contribution (standard article, brief report, commentary, or book/media review)
  • An abstract of up to 300 words succinctly describing the topic, methods, main findings, significance, and relevance to the special issue of the proposed manuscript

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