There is a great deal of interesting and important research on LGBT communities being carried out at the moment, much of this research relies on LGBT people getting involved and sharing their experiences. If you are LGBT and would like to have your voice heard by participating in ongoing research see below for projects you can get involved in.

Seeking Participants for University of Manchester Study into LGBTIQ+ Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers at the University of Manchester are seeking people who identify as LGBTIQ+, are over 18 years old, and living in the UK or Brazil, who are willing to complete a ~60-minute interview via zoom, which will be recorded and transcribed (if consent provided), and anonymised.

For more information about getting involved please see here:

Survey about Trans People’s Experiences of Working Life

Dr Luke Fletcher and Aston University are working with CIPD to better understand the experiences of trans people at work in UK & help create better working lives. Please give us your views here:

Young Trans and Gender Diverse Lives’ in the UK: The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

What is the purpose of the study?

This study is exploring the experiences of young trans and gender diverse people as a result of the social distancing implemented to combat against COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are especially interested in understanding how these restrictions may have impacted on mental health, wellbeing and social connectedness. We hope that the information we find out will help to make the support for trans and gender diverse young people and their families better.

Anyone who is aged between 16-25, identifies as trans or gender diverse and currently lives in the UK is invited to take part.

What will I be asked to do?

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to fill in 3 online surveys on separate occasions. On each occasion, it should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete the survey and you can do this on a tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop. The survey will ask you questions about the different ways the social distancing has impacted on your life, your social identity and mental health. Therefore, some of the questions may be of a sensitive nature.

If you decide to take part, we will ask for an email address so we can send survey 2 and 3 to you. Survey 2 will be sent about 2 weeks after social distancing measures are relaxed. Survey 3 will be sent around 2 weeks after the social distancing measures are completely removed. It is therefore estimated that this study could span approximately the next 6 months.

The first survey can be found here:

Experiences of Male Carers of Partners and Spouses

Using visual research methods, this project is aiming to delve more into the experiences of male carers, and how a caring role can have a positive/negative impact on them and their mental well-being.

This study is looking for men living in NW England, aged over 35 and who have cared in the past 7 years or are currently providing care in any capacity to a spouse, partner, or significant other

To take part please visit:

Contact email:

Attitudes Towards and Conflicts within Same-sex Couples

Participants needed for an online questionnaire

As part of my Master’s degree at Kent, am I carrying out research on attitudes towards and conflicts within same-sex couples. To participate, you must be at least 18 years old, have a gender identity as “female”, and have been in, or are currently, in a relationship with a “female”.

I would highly appreciate it, if you could spare about 25 minutes to complete my survey. For your participation, I can offer you the chance to win one out of two £50 Amazon vouchers upon completion. Participation is anonymous, and you can withdraw at any point do you find the material disturbing as it contains some violent and sexual content. If affected by the study, you will find a list of organisations and helplines that can provide support at the end.

Thank you in advance, and please do share the survey onwards to friends, family, or other groups on social media!

Please click the following link to participate:

If anyone has any questions, please use the contact details listed at the beginning and the end of the survey.

Compulsory Monogamy, Polyamory, and Queer Liveable Lives: Care & Friendship in Uncertain Times and Research Methods.

The aims of this pilot study are: a) to begin to think through care and friendship in precarious times, of course the current situation is not what I had expected but of course care and friendship are essential right now. b) to work with people to develop creative ways to construct networks where we are unable or less-able to be around those we wish to be involved with.

There are no set ways to get involved, by discussing creative methods of engagement that also includes how to fundamentally be involved in this research request. I look forward to hearing any kind of suggestion/ desire to get involved.

Requirements of participation:

You live in London, UK, or have connections to London that are part of your life & community.

  • You are LGBTQIA+.
  • You are consensually non-monogamous (whilst the project oscillates around polyamory, of course polycules and communities are broad in their inclusion of different kinds of non-monogamy).
  • BAME people.
  • Trans, non-binary, genderqueer+ people.
  • People that are unmarried and/or not living in a nuclear-family setting.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get in touch, though the following are additionally and actively encouraged to make sure further marginalised positions are centred:

Deadline for participation: 20th August 2020.

To participate or enquires, contact:

This initial pilot study will feed into PhD research on “Institutional Monogamy” and the production of liveable lives for LGBTQIA+ polyamorous people in London, UK, that will be conducted 2021-22.

The researcher on this project is polyamorous, queer, bisexual and panromantic. This research will not be sensationalising, and takes polyamory as a given for those that live it.

Just a personal preference? Racialised eroticisms and practices, and sexual discrimination in sexual interaction among gay and bi men

This piece of research seeks to understand the way language is used to make sense of race in dating, casual sex, and broadly sexual desires among gay and bisexual men. The language of gay and bi men’s sexual desires has been shown to have a range of effects on gay and bi men of colour in a range of ways. Ultimately, I am trying to develop a more in-depth understanding of the way white gay men talk about race and

attractiveness and how this may relate to non-sexual ways of speaking about race.

I am looking for gay and bi men who:

  • Identify as white
  • Live in the UK
  • Are active in dating or hooking up with other men

Participation involves recording weekly video diaries for 6 weeks. Diaries can be as long as you want and about anything you want, so long as it relates to the topic.

People wishing to participate should contact Tiago ( until May 18th.

PhD Study Exploring Image Based Sexual Abuse Within the LGBTQ Community

Researchers at the University of Birmingham invite you to take part in a PhD study that relates to the impact of Image Based Sexual Abuse on the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals.

The study evaluation will require you to take part in a discussion with Ronnie who is one of the researchers. You will talk in private about your experiences of any impact that Image Based Sexual Abuse has had upon your mental health and well-being. We expect that it may last about 45-60 minutes.

The study link can be found at

The team will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about this evaluation. Email:

Understanding Self Harm Amongst Young Adults who Identify as Gender Non-binary

Do you identify as gender non-binary?

Do you have experience of self-harm or urges to self-harm?

If so, you may be interested in taking part in a research study. The study is aiming to gain a better understanding of self-harm in gender diverse populations and what can help.

Who can take part?

We are looking for English speaking young adults (aged 18-30) who have experience of self-harm and identify as gender non-binary (or any of the related labels).

What will it involve?

The study will involve attending an interview in which you will be asked about your experiences of self-harm in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. The interview process will last up to 1 hour 30 minutes. In order to maintain social distancing, interviews will take place over the phone or via Zoom video conferencing.

If you would like some more information or are interested in taking part please contact researcher, Hannah Gosling.


Phone: 07572648979

Exploring the Division of Paid and Unpaid Labour in Lesbian Households

We would like to invite you to take part in a research project studying the division of paid employment and unpaid work (housework, caring, and so forth) in lesbian households. Our research project will comprise interviews with couples where both partners identify as lesbian and have been co-habiting for a minimum period of twelve months. Our primary aim is to establish how lesbian couples allocate shares of paid and unpaid work in their respective households.

Participants in this project will take part in one semi-structured interview with a member of the research team, these can be done remotely. These will be scheduled at the convenience of each participant, between 1st April and 1st July.

To participate contact either of the following:

Dr Kate Lewis- Telephone: 0161 247 3890. Email:

Dr Reece Garcia- Telephone: 0161 247 3685. Email:

For more information see here.

Perception of Risk in Regard to Sexual Behaviour and Exposure to HIV

Are you taking PrEP or PEP? We are inviting men who have sex with men to take part in a study about risky sex. We want to hear from any men. It doesn’t matter if you identify as gay, bisexual or not. If you are interested, please contact me. I am a PhD student with the Psychology Department. The study involves participating in a 30-40 minutes confidential and anonymous interview. The interview can be carried out in spoken English.

will be rewarded with £10 worth of Amazon voucher for your participation.

For further information about the study, please contact:

Marcus R. Bezerra:

Dr Claudine Clucas:

Professor Ros Bramwell:

Experience with Speech and Language Therapy and/or Voice and Communication Change among LGBT+ People

Have you had speech and language therapy (after the age of 18) or accompanied your child or significant other to speech therapy?

Or do you identify as transgender or non-binary?

If the answer is yes, you are invited to take part in a short, anonymous survey, which asks about your experience with speech therapy and/or transgender voice and communication change. It should take around 5 minutes to complete If you are interested in taking part, please go to this link: for the survey and more information about the study.

Self-Injury in Young Bisexual People: a Longitudinal Investigation (SIBL)

Research has found that young bisexual people are at a higher risk of self-injury. As yet, reasons for this are not known. The SIBL study aims to increase insight into why this might be.

We are recruiting young bisexual people to complete six online surveys, that total around 10-15 mins each. To take part in the study, participants must identify as bisexual and/or attracted to more than one gender, be aged between 16-25, have experienced thoughts/urges/behaviours of non-suicidal self-injury and have access to a computer/smartphone. Participation is completely online, so there is no requirement for participants to meet face-to-face with researchers.

Participants have the option of being entered into prize draws for £50 Amazon vouchers. Participants earn one entry for every survey they complete, with the chance to win up to £300 of vouchers. We have created a short 2-minute informational video that you may wish to watch that can be accessed here:

If you are eligible to take part and would like a researcher to contact you to explain the study in more detail, please complete our consent-to-contact form that can be accessed here:

Being Genderqueer in the Sporting Sphere: An Oral History Project of Non-binary Sporting Lives

The aim of this project is to explore the experiences of non-binary individuals in sport and physical activity throughout their lifetime. Participation in this study will be contributing to a growing area of research concerning disrupting and deconstructing the gender binary in sport. I am hoping through collecting stories and experiences and amplifying non-binary voices, it will educate others and through Loughborough University and its links to top sports governing bodies, the experiences will be presented to these organisations directly and will be pivotal in the discussions towards more inclusive policies and environments for gender diverse individuals.


  • Anyone who does not identify wholly as one or other of the binary genders. This could include (but is not limited to) the following: non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, agender, bi-gender, pangender, androgynous, androgyne or neutrois.
  • Is over 18 years of age.
  • Lives in the UK.
  • Currently participates in or has previously participated in sport while identifying openly or not openly as non-binary.

How to get involved:

Participation in this project will consist of one recorded oral history interview (lasting between 1 - 2 hours) which can take place in person or online via Skype. The interview will primarily be lead by you focusing on your experiences of participating in sport and physical activity throughout your life while being non-binary openly or not. You are also encouraged to bring along or provide sporting photographs to add to the discussion of your sporting experiences. Such photographs could include photographs of sporting spaces (sports grounds, sports facilities etc.), photographs of sports equipment (footballs, rackets etc.), clothing (sports t-shirts, hoodies etc.), memorabilia (medals, trophies etc.) and sports profile pictures (you wearing sports kit or taking part in sport).

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please email Lauren at: or contact Lauren through twitter

Deadline: Participants are being recruited between September 2019 to June 2020 (inclusive).

Trans and Non-binary Experiences of Sex

This study is looking at trans and non-binary adults’ experiences of sex, including positive aspects and any difficulties. Around thirty individuals are being interviewed. More details are on the project page at The participant information sheet, poster and flyer can be downloaded here too.

This research is for people who:

  • Identify as transgender in some way (broadly defined, including trans, non-binary having a trans history)
  • are aged at least 18 years old
  • normally live in the UK
  • have some experience of sex (even a little bit and doesn’t have to be with other people)

This study is now looking to focus its sample to ensure representation from the following groups:

  • Trans women
  • Trans feminine people
  • non-binary people who were assigned male at birth.

If you identify as a part of any of these communities, you are particularly encouraged to get in touch.

The interview will last about an hour, or up to two hours if you have lots to say. I am aiming to meet everyone face to face and can travel to meet you. Phone or online interviews can be offered if needed for accessibility reasons.

Deadline: June 2020.

Email George Burrows on If you prefer, you can text 07912 778 294 or find my Twitter profile and send a message.

An Exploration of Older LGBT+ People’s Social Drinking Practices: A Life-Course Perspective

I am interested in looking at drinking as a social practice, taking our environment, social connections and social norms across time into account. The Rainbow OPTICS study is exploring and comparing the social drinking practices of older LGBT+ people in different settings and across the course of their lives.

I'm looking to recruit LGBT+ people living in England, aged 45 and above, to take part in either a focus group or a diary-interview.

This study is not aimed at people who have struggled/are struggling with alcohol.

Share your experiences, views and preferences about drinking in public places, including different sorts of venues that may be more, or less, LGBT+ welcoming, as well as places such as the home. Join a focus group to share your views of LGBT+ people's social drinking practices in a discussion with up to 8 other people. Or, write about the times you drink alcohol over a 4 week period, in a specially prepared diary, and then discuss these and past experiences with me in an interview.

If you would like to take part in either the focus group or diary interview you can sign up here or please email Frances at:

Deadline: 31st July 2020.

Research on Bisexuality in the Workplace

We are looking for people who are UK resident, have worked in the UK for a minimum of 2 years and identify themselves as bisexual.

The overall purpose of this research is to investigate the identity work of bisexual employees in the workplace.

Participants will be asked to meet for a chat lasting about 30-40 minutes, at a (quiet) location of their choice. Interviews will be carried out by Dora Jandric, the research assistant on the project. Interviews can also be carried out on Skype or by telephone.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Dora Jandric at:

Queering Refugee Law: A Study of Sexual and Gender Minority Asylum Guidance and Practice

This study seeks to ensure that the views and experiences of gender and sexual minority asylum seekers are represented in debates over the UK asylum system. Drawing on the contributions of LGBTQ+ or Queer refugees, this study seeks to question the current UK approach to determining the ‘credibility’ of an individual’s sexual or gender identity.

The researcher is looking for individuals who have been granted asylum in the UK for a reason relating to their sexual or gender identity.

The study only requires you to meet me once on a face to face basis. The meeting will last around 90-120 minutes.

For more information on this research project see here.

If you would like to get involved or have any questions please email Alex at

Please note that unless otherwise stated, the research listed here is being carried out by organisations external to LGBT Foundation. While we have made every effort to ensure that this research is being carried out in line with our ethical research guidelines, we cannot take direct responsibility for these projects and cannot guarantee the subsequent publication of the research that we are promoting below. Any queries related to these research opportunities should be directed to the relevant university or organisation.

If you would like you research to feature on this page please email with:

  • A summary of your research project,
  • What group/ groups of people you would like to participate (e.g. LGBT people living in Manchester, 50+ LGBT people),
  • How you would like participants to get involved (e.g. by answering a survey, attending a focus group etc),
  • A deadline by which you need participants to get in touch,
  • A copy of your ethical approval.

Please first read LGBT Foundation’s Guide to Ethical Research and ensure your research is compliant.

Due to the large number of requests we get, all requests must be for research being carried out at a post-graduate level, therefore unfortunately we cannot help with undergraduate research requests.

Furthermore we cannot support any research being carried out independently so any requests must also state the university/organisation that you are a part of and have sought ethical approval through.