- Phillip W. Schnarrs, PhD
- Amy L. Stone, PhD
- Robert L. Salcido, Jr.
Research Project Description
Research consistently shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals experience worse health outcomes compared to their heterosexual peers with LGBTQ+ people of color experiencing a greater degree of the overall disease burden. In San Antonio, the LGBTQ+ community is predominately composed of Latino and African-American individuals. However, recent research suggests that individuals with multiple marginalized identities (i.e., LGBTQ+ people of color) are often better equipped to handle stressful situations because of greater resilience they developed, due in part to experiences of dual identity stigma. This research project seeks to understand the current capacity of San Antonio to address the health and social needs of the LGBTQ+ community, the underlying factors that contribute to health issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community, and the different ways the LGBTQ+ community copes with both racial/ethnic-related discrimination and sexuality-related discrimination. These questions will be explored through the creation of a community advisory board, in-depth interviews and surveys. The finding will not only allow us to understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in South Texas but will help support the Pride Center San Antonio, Equality Texas, Transgender Education Network and many other LGBTQ+ groups in Texas.
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Phillip W. Schnarrs, PhD
Phillip Schnarrs is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education & Human Development, Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His expertise is in sexual health promotion and LGBTQ health, specifically utilization and access to care.
Amy L. Stone, PhD
Amy Stone is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University. As a sociologist, she focuses on LGBTQ+ communities with an emphasis on cultural, social, and political belonging and anti-LGBTQ+ movements and the law.
Robert L. Salcido, Jr.
Robert Salcido is the Executive Director/Board Chair for The Center – Pride Center San Antonio. As a community organizer, he uses education and collaboration with other grassroots organizations to advocate with and address the health and well-being of the San Antonio LGBTQ+ community. Robert also serves in a dual role as the Statewide Field Coordinator with Equality Texas.
IRL Issue Brief: San Antonio
Improved Access to Mental Health Care and Affirming Providers Necessary to Support South Texas LGBTQ+ People