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SSA/ASPAI AGMs 2022, followed by presentation "Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation"

  • 30 Aug 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


  • Please log in for a 10:30am AEST start of the presentation.
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You are invited: SSA and ASPAI AGMs  - 30 August 2022

The 2022 Annual General Meetings of the Statistical Society of Australia, Inc and the Australian Statistical Publishing Association Inc will be held on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 from 9:30am to 10:15am AEST via Zoom.

The agendas, minutes of the last AGMs and any other documents for this meeting can be viewed and downloaded here (only available to SSA members).

The AGMs will be followed by a presentation commencing at 10:30am AEST, titled:

Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

We are pleased to present a panel consisting of US researchers who are members of the Committee on Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation,  and who conducted a study to examine the measurement of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The research was undertaken to be able to make recommendations for specific measures that can be used in surveys and research, administrative, and clinical and other health settings. It was captured in the report Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation.

About the presentation: 

Sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation are key indicators of demographic diversity and core aspects of identity that shape opportunities, experiences with discrimination, and outcomes through the life course. Therefore, it is crucial that measures of these concepts accurately capture their underlying complexity. Recognition of the diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other sexual and gender minorities – the LGBTQI+ population – has also led to a reexamination of how the concepts of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation are measured. Better measurement will improve the ability to identify sexual and gender minority populations and understand the challenges they face. Although knowledge of these challenges has increased significantly over the past decade, glaring gaps remain, often driven by a lack of reliable data. 

The report, Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation, reviews current measures and the methodological issues related to measuring sex as a non-binary construct, gender identity, and sexual orientation. It offers principles for data collection, guidelines for collecting sex and gender data, and criteria for selecting recommended measures for sexual orientation identity. Additionally, the report recommends specific questions that can be used within the general adult population to assess sexual orientation, identity, sex assigned at birth, and gender identity, and to identify people with transgender experience and intersex traits. 

About the presenters:

NANCY BATES (Co-Chair) is working as a consultant with Stanford University on a project, supported by the National Institutes of Health, to measure sexual orientation and gender identity.  Previously, she served as the senior methodologist for survey research at the U.S. Census Bureau.  In that position, she oversaw and contributed to the research that formulated inclusive relationship questions that improved measurement of same sex couples in the 2020 decennial census.  She also previously served as co-chair of the research group on sexual orientation and gender identity for the Office of Management and Budget and the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology.  She recently co-edited a Journal of Official Statistics special issue on measuring LGBT populations.  She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has an M.A. in applied sociology from the University of Oklahoma. 

KELLAN E. BAKER is the Executive Director and Chief Learning Officer at the Whitman-Walker Institute. Previously, he was the centennial scholar and a Robert Wood Johnson health policy research scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on economics, policy, and methodology issues in transgender health. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., where was a founding steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a nationwide campaign in partnership with the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to connect low-income LGBT populations with coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  He is the board chair of the Equality Federation and also serves on numerous scientific and community engagement bodies. He has a B.A. with high honors in astrophysics and Russian from Swarthmore College, an M.P.H. from the George Washington University, an M.A. in international development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a PhD in health policy and management with a focus on health services research and health economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.   

BIANCA D. M. WILSON is the Rabbi Zacky senior scholar of public policy at the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses primarily on system-involved LGBTQ youth, LGBT poverty, and sexual health among queer women. She has completed studies and reports on the measurement of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression among youth and adults. In addition to multiple peer-reviewed and institution-published reports, she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies that featured a multidisciplinary collection of work on health and other topics from the perspectives of Black lesbians in the United States, the Caribbean, and South Africa. She has a doctorate in psychology from the Community and Prevention Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a minor in statistics, methods, and measurement. She completed postdoctoral training at the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Lesbian Health and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

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