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:

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.

Seeking LGBQ+ Parents for a Study

Do you identify as an LGBQ+ parent? Are you raising children between the ages of 4-18 with a same-sex partner or spouse? Join other families in your community! Help us learn more about supporting LGBQ+ parents by fill out a short survey on stress, resilience, and parenting.
To Participate: You can learn more about our study and access the survey by visiting our website. The survey can take between 15 and 25 minutes to complete, though the majority of parents have finished within 15 minutes. 
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Sumontha. This research is an IRB-approved study out of the Psychology Department at the University of Virginia. 


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.

Research Survey Opportunity for Trans/Gender-Nonconforming Individuals

If you are transgender or gender non-conforming, please consider participating in this study aiming to better understand transgender identity development in relation to ethnic identity and minority stress/resilience.

To Participate: Participation in this research includes taking an online survey about your gender identity development, ethnic identity, and experiences with minority stress and resilience. Participation is entirely voluntary, and your answers will be anonymous. You must be 18 years or older. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes. También en español.

If you have any questions, please contact Krystina Millar or Dr. Jason Eastman . This research is an IRB-approved study out of the Sociology Department of Coastal Carolina University.

To take the survey, click here.

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 Experiences Study

LGBTQ-affirmative researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston are developing online exercises to help sexual minority people with their experiences of homophobia. In this study, we are asking LGBQ people who have had homophobic experiences to participate in some of these writing exercises. There is a great need to develop interventions to address homophobic experiences. Research has produced considerable evidence that 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 LGBQ identified, over 18, and have had an experience of heterosexism that is still troubling to you and that you can explore. Participation is online and can be done at home.

Benefits: You will receive an $80 gift card if you complete the study (about 3 hours of time spread across 5 days). You will also be eligible to enter a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card if you participate. Also, you could learn about yourself and develop new insights and strategies. And, you would make a contribution to LGBQ mental health research that could help other people who have had homophobic experiences.

To learn more, visit this webpage or contact Dr. Heidi Levitt.


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