(Last updated 6/13/2022)
Welcome to QNS!
We are an organization dedicated to improving neuropsychological and other brain-health services for Queer* individuals all over the world. Though we are primarily a neuropsychological organization, we welcome providers from all allied neurological and mental health specialties interested in serving the Queer community.
*Queer is any identity beyond the traditional assumptions of the gender binary and heteronormativity. This is including but not limited to: queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, transgender, gender fluid/nonbinary/neutral/flexible/nonconforming/expansive, intersex, questioning, and other evolving identities.
As an international team, community, and family, we celebrate Queer people and promote excellence in the provision of neuropsychological services to Queer patients. We endeavor to deconstruct barriers to equitable treatment, support Queer providers, and increase competency in neuropsychological assessment by promoting research, advocacy, education, mentorship, and consultation. We recognize the complex intersectionalities within the Queer community and will collaborate with other organizations who share our commitment to eliminating healthcare disparities.
*What is Queer?
Queer is any identity beyond the traditional assumptions of the gender binary and heteronormativity. This is including but not limited to: queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, gender fluid/nonbinary/neutral/flexible/nonconforming/expansive, and other evolving identities.Although we acknowledge the historical oppressive and pejorative nature of the word “queer,” we also strongly believe in its power around which we may rally to reclaim the beauty of the term. Queerness is inclusive of all those who have felt “othered” by dominant heteronormative expectations, and it seeks to create a space in which individuality is celebrated. Queerness is fluid, dynamic, and includes a myriad of identities, all of which are valued and celebrated.