Participate in Research

Participating in research on LGBTQ people is a great way to contribute to the body of knowledge that is used to design health, wellness, spiritual, interpersonal, and political projects that affect us every day. Here are some research projects running right now that are looking for volunteers:

LGBTQ+ Storytelling Study

We are seeking individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual to participate in a research project examining the coming out process.  Specifically, this project is examining if the coming out process for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual young adults is following the same path or trajectory as it has in previous generations.
You are eligible to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria:
  • Age 18-24 years of age at time of participation
  • English Speaking
  • Identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual (even if you have not told anybody else)
The entire study will take approximately 90 minutes of your time.  You will be interviewed either in person or via phone and the interview will be recorded.
To participate, please contact:
Steffani Kizziar, M.A.
Research Assistant
Dr. Nicole Taylor, PhD, HSPP
Principal Investigator

Fashion Options for Trans, Non-Binary, or Gender Non-Conforming

Are you transgender, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming? 

You are invited to participate in a survey about your needs from the fashion industry from a design perspective. It should take somewhere between 15-30 minutes, and all of your answers will be anonymous. The data recorded in this survey will be analyzed and submitted for publishing. The goal is to generate more literature in apparel about the experiences of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know! My email address is [email protected]. I want to hear as many voices as possible, so anything that will hinder your experience can be worked around. Thank you for your time!

Purdue University LGBTQ+ Employment Discrimination, Stress & Coping Study

Are you over the age of 18? Do you identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community? Do you live in the U.S., including Puerto Rico? Are you currently or have you been previously employed?

We are researchers at Purdue University, and we want to know about your experiences with work and stress as someone who identifies as LGBTQ+.

Our online survey is anonymous and should take approximately 25-30 minutes for you to complete in English or Spanish ( Results of this study may influence future public policy. We want to achieve 10,000 complete survey responses nationwide before the Supreme Court hears this issue in their 2019/2020 term.

If you would like more information about this study before you proceed, you may email the principal investigator, Dr. Tesa Rigel Hines, at [email protected].

Trans Identified Nursing Careers

Do you identify as trans*?  Have you pursued a career in nursing?

You are invited to participate in a study about Trans Persons as Students in Nursing Programs to give a voice to your experiences.  I am looking for trans persons who have been enrolled in a practical/vocational nursing, RN diploma, associate, or baccalaureate (bachelor) degree nursing programs who would like to anonymously participate in individual interviews about their student experiences.

Participants need to meet the following criteria:

  • Age 19 years or older
  • Currently self-identify as trans
  • Self-Identified as trans while enrolled in a U.S. prelicensure (LPN/LVN or RN) nursing program
  • Enrolled in the prelicensure nursing program for at least one academic term (quarter, semester, or other) any time between the years 2014-2019, including at least one clinical course
  • Read and speak English
  • Ability to meet with me face-to-face or using Skype videoconferencing for approximately 60-90 minutes.

Participants will receive a $5 Amazon e-gift card at the conclusion of the interview, as a token of thanks.

To learn more about the study or to volunteer to participate, please contact:

Jenna Dubas, MSN, RN, doctoral candidate (she/her/hers):

*For this study, Trans respectfully includes any gender identity that is different from the sex assigned at birth, including, but not limited to transmale, transfemale, gender-nonconforming, gender fluid, genderqueer, agender, and two-spirit.


To participate:

[email protected]


Risk and Resiliency: Microaggressions Among LGBTQI2S People of Colour

LGBTQI2S people of colour are chronically underrepresented in academic research — this is your chance to help change that! We are looking for young adults ages 18-29 who identify as both LGBTQI2S and racial/ethnic minorities to fill out a 30-minute anonymous online questionnaire. You will have a 1 in 10 chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between microaggressions and substance use from an intersectional framework and to highlight the central role that communities play in increasing resiliency.
To participate: CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE: or email Natalie Kalb.

Sexual Minority Men, Counseling, and Intimate Partner Violence

Hello, my name is Todd Ryser-Oatman and I am working on my dissertation project as part of my doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. I am inviting you to take part in a phone interview about sexual minority (e.g., gay, bisexual, queer) men’s experiences about receiving psychological help from a mental health professional (e.g. psychologist, social worker, counsellor) for intimate partner violence in the southeastern United States. Research on sexual minority men and their experiences with intimate partner violence is limited, and research about getting psychological help for intimate partner violence focuses on what gets in the way of seeking help. I want to learn more about the lived experiences of sexual minority men have with seeking and getting professional psychological help for intimate partner violence, particularly what facilitates seeking help to improve intimate partner violence services.
To participate: Email [email protected] or call (669)-300-9412

Body Image, Sexual Health, and Relationships Project (B*SHARP)

The Body Image, Sexual Health, and Relationships Project (B*SHARP) needs your input! We are looking for transgender and non-binary people to participate in a new online survey. Your input will help to guide future interventions to improve health and wellbeing
To participate: Participating in this study involves a one-time, online survey. Eligible participants will choose between receiving a $10 Amazon gift card or donating their gift to a transgender rights and social justice organization. To see if you are eligible, visit this link:
If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call or text Rosie at (857) 770-1244.

Study of Multilingual Families and LGBTQ Parenting

Do you live in the U.S. and speak more than one language or a language other than English at home?  Do you or one of your family members identify as LGBTQ+?  The University of Memphis is conducting a research study about language in multilingual families and how multilingualism intersects with gender and sexuality.  LGBTQ+ identified parents and families are often left out of research on bilingual childrearing, and we would like to close this gap.  If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and to participate in a one-hour online video or audio interview to further discuss your family, your language use, and your children’s schooling.
To Participate: Must be 18+ and not pregnant to participate. To take the initial survey, click HERE. For more information, email Lyn Wright Fogle

Study of Male-Identified Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Emerging Faith/Spirituality

A pastoral theologian is recruiting participants for a qualitative study that seeks to understand how cultural factors impact male-identified survivors of child sexual abuse, particularly their emerging sense of self, relationship with others, and relationship with the divine. If you’re an adult (over 21), are a survivor of child sexual abuse prior to age 16, and have/had some connection to Christian faith traditions (formal, informal, frequent, infrequent, or otherwise) as a child, you are invited to participate in this study. (Participants need not currently identify or practice as Christian to be eligible to participate.)

We are recruiting persons who identify/identified/assigned as male as a child. You would take part in 1-2 interviews in person, by phone, or by video chat. Interviews are one-on-one with the researcher. Your participation, including all conversations and contacts, is confidential.

To Participate: Please contact Travis Hill-Weber at with any questions or to discuss your participation.

Sexual Health Education Access

Researchers from Cleveland State University are studying sexual health information access and accuracy for adolescents. They are looking for young adults, between the ages of 18-21, to complete a survey reflecting back on their adolescent experiences with sex education. They will also be asking about how other experiences, like dating abuse or substance use, impacted this education and your experiences. The survey would take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 
To Participate:You must be between the ages of 18 and 21. To access the survey, go to this link. Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of six $50 Amazon gift cards.  
If you have any questions please contact Kimberly Fuller, Ph.D. via email or at 216-687-4588.

Research Opportunity for Lesbian & Bisexual Breast Cancer Survivors

Researchers at West Cancer Center, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Emory University are conducting a study to learn more about how lesbian and bisexual breast cancer survivors talk to their doctors about cancer treatment, medication side effects, and quality of life concerns.

If you have been diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, identify as lesbian or bisexual, and have been prescribed Tamoxifen, Anastrozole, Letrozole, or Exemestane for at least 3 months, please consider participating in our study. You must be at least 18 years old. You will receive a $50 gift card if you complete a 90-minute, in-person interview in a quiet location of your choice. You will also be asked to complete a brief 5-minute survey online prior to the interview.

To Participate: Contact Andrew Paladino, THRIVE Study Coordinator at 901.213.8504 to schedule an interview.


Media, Television, and Sexual Identity

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity? Are you under 21? We want you to learn more about you! Help researchers and communities better understand people like you by completing an online survey.

  • The survey only takes 20 minutes.
  • You will answer questions about yourself, your friends, and your media use.
  • It’s entirely anonymous—know that we will never know who you are.
  • It’s a fun way to help out the LGBTQ community!

To Participate: Click here to be taken to the online survey.

If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Bradley Bond. This research is approved by the University of San Diego Institutional Review Board.

Sibling Abuse Study

Do you have at least one sibling (including step-, foster, and/or adopted siblings)? Was your sibling ever emotionally or physically abusive to you or you to them? Are you over 18 years old? If so, please consider participating in a short online survey about your experiences with sibling abuse for a study conducted by Dr. Katherine Martinez (MSU-Denver) and Dr. Courtney McDonald (USC Upstate).

To Participate: To access the survey, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Courtney McDonald (USC Upstate). This research is an IRB-approved study out of the University of South Carolina.

Sexual Minorities’ Experiences With Coming Out, Self-Esteem, and Substance Use

To Participate: All participants must be 18 years old or older. Only participants that consider themselves to be sexual minorities (members of the LGBTQ+ community) and are willing to talk about it confidentially will be accepted.

The interview is expected to take between 45 minutes and 1 hour and a half. Participants will have the option of participating in a face-to-face interview or an interview via Skype or GoogleHangout. Participants will also be asked to complete a short survey requesting demographic information.

For more info contact Caleb Cooley, Department of Sociology at the University of Memphis.

Heterosexist & Transphobic Experiences Study

 LGBTQ and LGBTQ-affirmative researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston are developing online exercises to help sexual and gender minority people with their experiences of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. Preliminary research has found that approximately 90% of participants found these exercises to be helpful to them.  The writing exercises can be an effective way to work through challenging experiences.  We are interested in learning about your thoughts and experiences.

To Participate: You must be LGBTQ identified, over 18 (or the age of majority in your state), and have had an experience of heterosexism or transphobia that is still troubling to you and that you can explore. Participation is online and can be done at home at your convenience.

Benefits: You could learn about yourself and develop new insights and strategies for dealing with heterosexism and transphobia. And, you would make a contribution to LGBQ mental health research that could help other people who have had similar experiences.

To learn more, visit the “Grow” webpage at or contact Dr. Heidi Levitt.

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