Queer Data

Front cover of the book Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action by Kevin Guyan.

Data has never mattered more. Our lives are increasingly shaped by it and how it is defined, collected and used. But who counts in the collection, analysis and application of data?

This important book is the first to look at queer data – defined as data relating to gender, sex, sexual orientation and trans identity/history. The author shows us how current data practices reflect an incomplete account of LGBTQ lives and helps us understand how data biases are used to delegitimise the everyday experiences of queer people.

Queer Data demonstrates why it is important to understand, collect and analyse queer data, the benefits and challenges involved in doing so, and how we might better use queer data in our work. Arming us with the tools for action, this book shows how greater knowledge about queer identities is instrumental in informing decisions about resource allocation, changes to legislation, access to services, representation and visibility.

What people are saying about Queer Data:

If you ever do research on anything involving people―even something as minor as a brand-preference survey―you must read this, absolutely. But even the lay reader with no research aspirations will find so many ways to prove that their homophobic cousin Karen is just plain wrong.

Xtra Magazine
Gay Times magazine describing Queer Data as one of the ten most anticipated LGBTQ+ books of 2022.

The book is a welcome addition on a topic that currently lacks wide attention. Guyan poses provocative questions that practitioners should consider before embarking on research that focuses on sexual and gender minorities.

Science magazine

A brilliant study on how [data is collected] within the LGBTQ community… enlightening reading.

Publishing scotland

An accessible read, Queer Data is a must-read to understand why reliable data is necessary to ensure the improvement of everday LGBTQ+ people, policies, and activist causes.

one of gay times’ 10 most anticipated books of 2022
Cover of Queer Data: Using, Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action

Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action

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