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:

Sexual Identity Experiences Study

This survey asks questions about the experiences of individuals in the LGBQ+ and/or BDSM communities. By clicking the link below, you will be taken to an informed consent document that gives more details about the project itself. With your consent, you will be given the chance to participate in the first of two surveys. The only personal information that will be maintained is what you elect to provide in the survey. If you qualify, you will be asked if you want to participate in a second survey and given a second consent document. The second survey is longer (est. 20-minute completion time).

To Participate: Click here to be taken to a page with more information about the study.

Benefits: If you wish to provide an email address (for compensation purposes only) you will be entered to win one of many $5 Amazon gift cards for participation in the first survey and $15 for participation in the second survey. (Your odds of winning in survey one do not affect your odds of winning in survey two. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can choose to opt out of the drawing; you’re still eligible to participate and none of your personal identifying information will be recorded.)

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Geoff Maddox (901-843-3170). This research is an IRB-approved study out of Rhodes College.

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.