Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

Special Issue Introduction: Research Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario, October 11-13, 2018

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

Special Issue Introduction: Research Presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario, October 11-13, 2018

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As President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum (CSRF), I take great pride in introducing this special issue of The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS), based on research presented at the 45th annual meeting of the CSRF in Toronto, ON, in October 2018.

This issue represents the 11th consecutive year that the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), via CJHS, has dedicated space in its pages to original research presented at CSRF. In this way, SIECCAN is one of our most valued partners in helping us fulfill our vision of being Canada's leading organization dedicated to interdisciplinary sex research and our mission of providing our members with opportunities for exchange and transfer of evidence-based knowledge.

Sexuality researchers and sex research organizations are not immune from the challenges facing society at large. While we hope to reflect and shape our culture's attitudes and values based on the evidence we collect and interpret, we have to make an effort to understand how we as researchers are shaped by those very same attitudes and values, and how that influences the work we do. In doing so, we can begin to see the gaps that exist in our collective bodies of work and work inclusively to fill them. At our most recent meeting in Toronto, we began to confront some of these gaps in earnest, especially as they relate to the feeling of inclusion of historically excluded sexual minorities and our relationship with Indigenous peoples. …

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