Special Issue "Sexual and Gender Diversity in Healthcare Provision"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ana Cristina Santos
Guest Editor
University of Coimbra, Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: LGBTI+ Studies; Intimate, sexual and reproductive citizenship; Socio-legal studies of sexuality; Childhood, ageing and life course approaches to sexual and gender diversity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sexual and gender diversity has been at the forefront of political and juridical battles, leading to significant social transformations in recent decades. These changes have considerable impacts on the health sector, both for professionals and patients.

In line with supranational directives, National Health Services are increasingly advocating for excellence in healthcare provision regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. This change in health policies requires not only a transformation in principle but foremost a transformation in practices. With variations according to context and time, healthcare provision targeting LGBTQI+ patients differs enormously from acclaimed guidelines, norms, and progressive legal frameworks. Across the globe, health professionals struggle to grasp new knowledge and to update their practices aiming at creating an inclusive and safe environment for patients in terms of sexual and gender diversity. When aiming to do so, health professionals often face obstacles stemming from anti-gender and anti-sexuality backlash, lack of training in medical schools, absence of adequate information, and the resilience of a dominant hetero/cisnormative culture that discourages inclusive LGBTQI+ healthcare practices.

With a focus on healthcare provision by professionals, this Special Issue invites contributions that reflect on the impacts of both inclusive LGBTQI+ healthcare practices on one hand, and of healthcare practices that (re)produce inequalities based on hetero/cisnormative patterns on the other. With this emphasis on the provision of healthcare in mind, we are particularly interested in papers that explore one or more of the following topics:

  • Ageing and healthcare provision for LGBTQI+ elders;
  • The impact of anti-gender and anti-sexuality movements in the health sector;
  • Backlash and failure in LGBTQI+ healthcare provision;
  • Challenges faced by LGBTQI+ health professionals;
  • Good practices in LGBTQI+ healthcare provision;
  • Healthcare provision for trans, intersex, and non-binary patients;
  • Healthcare provision for lesbian and bisexual women;
  • Healthcare provision for gay and bisexual men;
  • Hetero/cisnormativity in medical school curricula;
  • LGBTQI+ healthcare provision over the lifespan, including children and youth;
  • Policies for a more inclusive healthcare provision;
  • Practices of medicalization and depathologization of LGBTQI+ people;
  • Trans reproductive medicine.

We welcome contributions from a range of fields of study, including (but not limited to) aging studies, crip studies/critical disability studies, gender studies, gerontology, LGBTQI+ studies, mad studies, medical anthropology, and the sociology of health, amongst others. We would also encourage submissions from countries or regions in which the knowledge dissemination in this field has been sparse (e.g., Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe, West and Central Africa, South and Central America, etc.).

Dr. Ana-Cristina Santos
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sexual and gender diversity
  • Healthcare provision
  • Hetero/cisnormativity
  • Medicalization and (de)pathologization
  • Health policies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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