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Measuring gender, sex and sexuality

28 Feb 22

Measuring gender, sex and sexuality

Panel event chaired by Fellow Ridhi Kashyap celebrates LGBTQ+ month

A panel event held to celebrate LGBTQ+ month on Tuesday 22 February explored the challenges of measuring gender, sex and sexuality in large population-level surveys, and some possible solutions.

The panel, chaired by Professorial Fellow Ridhi Kashyap brought together international academics and practitioners: D’Lane Compton from the University of New Orleans, Clara Cortina from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and Fiona Wills-Núñez from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Traditional measures of gender, sex and sexuality have failed to capture the variety of social identities and family groups, particularly within LGBTQ+ communities. As Janina Dill, Equality and Diversity Fellow, commented:

"The event was a great opportunity to hear leading scholars dig into the complicated questions around how to measure diverse identities and preferences. It was also a joyful occasion to celebrate in the college community the many contributions of LGTBQ+ members to the college, scholarship, and society."