Nursing Care for ageing Sexual Minorities is a relatively new area of research. A literature review suggests a dearth of nursing care facilities for LGBTI* seniors and limited knowledge of nurses about specified LGBTI* health issues. This descriptive thesis views historical implications influencing the biographies of ageing LGBTI* members, which in turn imprint nursing care agendas. Role models for nursing theories suitable for LGBTI* people and their specific histories are introduced in this work as well. Further the thesis views projects in german speaking Europe and schooling possibilities for nurses on needs of LGBTI* seniors. It seems important to broaden the competences of nurses relating to LGBTI* elders with embedding necessary training in schooling curricula.

Link zur gesamten Arbeit (DE)   –>  LGBTI* Pflege_Muscarina



Sina Muscarina (M.A.) is a social*entrepreneur, who earned a Master‘s degree in Psychology at the University of Vienna. Sina gathers a profound and authentic understanding of a variety of alternative lifestyles for more than a decade. Sina‘s special focus is Polyamory. Practicing and studying different and effective methods of exploring and broadening the spectrum of consciousness for achieving improved psychological resilience is Sina Muscarina‘s professional goal. The thesis is available as book.

* Polyamory – Loving more than One* : Personal transformations in biographical narratives *

1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference
Lisbon – Portugal #1st NMCI
Sept. 25 – 27, 2015

Master‘s Thesis
University of Vienna
Faculty for Psychology

Queering Parenting is the 2nd International Conference stemming from the ERC funded study INTIMATE: Citizenship, Care and Choice – The micro-politics of intimacy in Southern Europe ( This year the Conference will focus on LGBTQ parenting.

In the aftermath of sexual liberation struggles and biotechnological developments, sexuality and reproduction could be considered separate spheres of human activity.  However, sexual and relational orientation, as well as gender identity and/or expression, continue to be central aspects in the spectrum of reproductive choices. We suggest that the pervasive links that bind sexual and reproductive citizens, both culturally and legally, should be examined. Surrogacy and other assisted reproduction techniques consist of two cutting-edge examples of this bond, further highlighting the complex relationship between citizenship, care and choice in the realm of intimacy. Faced with challenges advanced by non-heteronormative parents, the time has come to think critically about queer reproduction and parenting.

How are LGBTQ people negotiating parenthood and child-rearing?
What role do law and social policy play regarding LGBTQ parenting and reproduction?
How are processes of precariousness affecting LGBTQ reproduction and parenting?
Where do we see the resurgence of new normativities? What is absent, what is achieved?

We are committed to promoting interdisciplinary, intersectional, reciprocal knowledge production and sharing in academia and beyond. Within the broader theme of LGBT and queer reproduction and parenting, we encourage abstracts from academics and/or activists addressing one or more of the following issues:

  • Queering reproduction. Includes: public policies and assisted reproductive techniques; male pregnancy; specificities of LGBTQ access to reproductive rights; non/supportive health practitioners; surrogacy wars; reproductive traveling; DIY reproductive techniques; queering biology.
  • Queering parenting. Includes: parental pedagogies; gender non-conforming parenting; work-life balance; media representations; single LGBTQ parents; pro-sex LGBTQ parenting; politics of naming a child.
  • Queering kinship. Includes: redefining kinship after childbirth; networks of care; relational diversity and poli-parenting; co-parenting among friends; siblings as donors.
  • Queering citizenship: legal frameworks and social policies in relation to LGBT/queer parenting; LGBTQ national and international adoption; Queering gender, bodies and sexual practices through LGBT/queer parenting; role of LGBTQ and feminist associations; non/supportive childcare and schools; the right (not) to become a parent; assimilation, homonormativity, reproductive futurism; who can afford to become a parent – agencies, capitalism and the welfare state.

Due to logistic constraints, the work language during this conference will be English. If you chose to present in another language, please use Portuguese, Spanish or Italian, and submit your abstract in English, ensuring you will later use a powerpoint or provide copies of a handout in English before the presentation.

Registration to attend or present in the conference is free from charges.

The venue is accessible to wheelchair users.