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.

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: kate.lewis@mmu.ac.uk

Dr Reece Garcia- Telephone: 0161 247 3685. Email: r.garcia@mmu.ac.uk

For more information see here.

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgha8pznyI8

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: http://man.ac.uk/9JNgiP

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: https://sprw.io/stt-99efa5 for the survey and more information about the study.

'Coming Out' in Therapy: The Experiences of Young People Disclosing their Sexual Orientation to Mental Health Professionals

We are asking young people about what it is like to talk with a therapist or counsellor about having a sexual orientation that isn’t ‘straight’ (e.g. gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, queer, questioning, or unsure). We hope that this will help us to better understand what it is like to come out in therapy so that we can help improve the mental health and wellbeing of young LGBT people.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Are between 13 and 25 years old.
  • Have spoken with a therapist or counsellor and told them about your sexual orientation (it doesn’t matter if this wasn’t your main reason for seeking therapy/counselling).
  • Think of yourself as having a sexual orientation that isn’t ‘straight’ (e.g. gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, queer, questioning, or unsure).

Interviews will take no more than an hour and can take place in person or via Skype, depending on the participant's preferences and location. The current deadline for participants to get in touch is 1st May 2020.

To get involved: Call or text: 07508375658. Email: c.hunt@lancaster.ac.uk

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: m.rodriguesbezerra@chester.ac.uk

Dr Claudine Clucas: c.clucas@chester.ac.uk

Professor Ros Bramwell: r.bramwell@chester.ac.uk

Are Measures to Combat Controlling or Coercive Behaviour Really Working?

Researchers at Staffordshire University are looking at Coercive Control through the voices of LGBT+ victims. The data from this project will aim to highlight potential problems in legislative and support services, that fail to meet the needs of victims.

This study is look for people who have experienced non physical domestic abuse from an intimate partner and who are over 18, LGBT+ and living in England or Wales.

Please fill out a survey to help make the LGBT+ experience of domestic abuse more visible http://staffordshire.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_082jsOB35DcmJdb

Contact: Donna Graham at D.Graham@Student.Staffs.ac.uk with any queries or for more information

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: https://thomsonc40.wixsite.com/thomsoncehu?fbclid=IwAR3H5aLOa1SgAlXmU2uFpvZF7ujFN4ksfWugNBvYyE30wCz1PZ6MNluseKc

Contact email: thomsonc@edgehill.ac.uk

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.

Participants:

  • 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: l.whitehouse@lboro.ac.uk or contact Lauren through twitter https://twitter.com/LaurenW0196

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

HIV Testing in the UK Young Population

We are looking for people aged 16 to 34, who are sexually active.

We are running a survey on how you perceive risks associated with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) including HIV, and would love your input. This will help understanding areas to address through Public Health Intervention.

Please spare 5-10 minutes to complete the Survey Monkey questionnaire using this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2NZ3HLQ

Information and Support

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 bit.ly/TNBStudy. 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 g.burrows.1@research.gla.ac.uk. If you prefer, you can text 07912 778 294 or find my Twitter profile https://twitter.com/TransRels 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: f.a.sanders@surrey.ac.uk

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: dora.jandric@ed.ac.uk

LGBTQI+ Lives in England Research Project

Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex (LGBTQI+)? Living in England? Aged 18+? We are now recruiting again for interview participants for the LGBTQI+ Lives in England part of our project. We are especially keen to interview LGBTQI+ people of colour, people aged over 65, and people who are intersex.

If you are LGBTQI+, in one or more of these groups, and would like to take part, please sign up here: https://surreyfahs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dxnuTYSucgSaGx

You can find more info here: https://cilia.surrey.ac.uk/

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 Alexander.Powell@City.ac.uk

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 research@lgbt.foundation 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.