Same-Sex Public Displays of Affection: What Happens When Showing Your Love in Public Doesn't Feel Right? 

 The simple act of displaying affection to your romantic partner in public has been scientifically shown to have a positive effect on your overall well-being. But are couples who are stigmatized also benefiting by showing love in public? Dr. Karen L. Blair, a Canadian researcher currently undertaking her post-doctorate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, believes the benefits may be different.

Over the next two years, Dr. Blair will document the physiological reactions of couples displaying affection while feeling stigmatized (such as same-sex couples or interracial couples). She will also go one step further and try to understand what actually goes on in the minds (and bodies) of individuals witnessing same-sex public display of affection. She hopes that the information will help us understand the health implications of public displays of affection as well as the underpinnings of social prejudice.   

In order to raise funds for one of the studies, Dr. Blair has turned to a crowdfunding site:, allowing the public to have a greater level of participation in funding and developing important research for the well-being of LGBTQ communities worldwide. For more information, visit:

CIHR-funded researcher Dr. Karen L. Blair is available for interviews.