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.

The Impact of Covid-19: Different Groups’ Experiences of and Recovery Needs from Covid-19

Our research, exploring the biological, psychological and social impact of Covid-19 on people’s lives began with data collection in mid-March, 2020.A mixed method approach allowed participants to share qualitative (word based) and quantitative (number based) experiences through stories, poems and qualitative/quantitative surveys.

Subsequently these findings initiated a deep dive into the data which highlighted those specifically impacted by their Covid-19 experiences e.g. young people, those with health concerns, additional needs, in poverty… However, exploration also uncovered the lack of experiences presented by other groups such as the LGBTQ+ community and minority groups due to few responses.

To participate in the survey and allow your voice to be heard click on the link: https://cumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/covid19-impact-survey

You may also like to share a story, audio/video recording, a picture or model. Please send these to: CRiHS@cumbria.ac.uk

Any questions please contact: Professor Kaz Stuart, University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH. Tel: 07921 388959. Email: kaz.stuart@cumbria.ac.uk

Deadline: 28/02/2021

Survey study investigating mindfulness traits in MSM who engage in chemsex

Sexualised drug use (‘chemsex’) involves taking drugs for the explicit purpose of prolonging and enhancing sexual experiences. Whilst men who have sex with men (MSM) have reported both positive and negative chemsex experiences, there has been an increase in mental and physical health difficulties associated with prolonged chemsex usage. It is therefore important to understand the psychological factors involved in MSM who engage in chemsex, to inform interventions for those who seek help.

Recent research also suggests that increased mindfulness is associated with lower levels of drug use and has also been shown to have a relationship with shame and dysfunctional sexual behaviours in men. As such, this project will explore the relationships between shame, sexual satisfaction, levels of distress and mindfulness within those MSM who engage in chemsex. Also, increased beliefs one’s ability to engage in sober sex are associated with lower rates of substance misuse relapse. However, research has not yet explored these self-efficacy beliefs in MSM who engage in chemsex.

Link for survey: https://bit.ly/MSMCHEM

If you have any queries or further questions, please contact michael.rolt.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk

Deadline: 31/01/2021

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 https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/nursing/research/image-based-sexual-abuse-and-the-impact-this-has-on-the-well-being-of-lgbtq-individuals.aspx

The team will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about this evaluation. Email: ibsa@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Beyond the binary: Gender Diverse experiences of Physical Education

This project focuses on the prior experiences of transgender and non-binary young adults in UK Physical Education. The study aims to use the knowledge and understanding gained to create resources for schools which advise ways to make Physical Education inclusive for transgender and non-binary students.

If you are aged 18-25, identify as transgender or non-binary and experienced Physical Education at a UK secondary school, please consider completing the following survey to share your experiences of Physical Education: https://lboro.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/beyond-the-binary-gender-diversity-in-physical-education

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Kettley-Linsell at h.kettley-linsell@lboro.ac.uk

Deadline: 15/02/2021

Exploring medicine support needs for people living with long-term conditions

To take part in this research survey, participants must be:

  • Adults, aged 18 years or older
  • Living in the UK
  • Able to read and understand English
  • Using medicine(s) for at least one long-term condition (including HIV).

Researchers at the Medway School of Pharmacy (The Universities of Kent and Greenwich) are conducting a survey to identify medicine support needs for people living with HIV and other long-term conditions. The survey asks about general experiences of medicine use, access to care and participants’ preferences, as well as support services available to them.

To take part in this anonymous survey, participants should be 18 years or older, living in the UK, and using long-term medicine(s) prescribed by a health professional (including antiretrovirals).

Please click on the anonymous survey link below to take part in this study and to access additional information.

https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ah57HMcBazB5tjv

Findings from this survey will contribute to future development and improvement of services for people living with long term conditions. This project has been reviewed and approved by an independent ethics committee at the Medway School of Pharmacy. If you would like further information, please contact Dr Barbra Katusiime, b.katusiime@kent.ac.uk or Dr Rebecca Cassidy,r.j.cassidy@kent.ac.uk

Deadline: 28/02/2021

Mental health and sexual victimisation; does the perpetrator matter?

The focus of our study is exploring experiences of sexual harassment from various sources (i.e family, friends or acquaintance) and the impact on mental health.

We are hoping to recruit men (aged over 18 years), as research in this area is primarily focused on women as targets. The research is hoping to inform specialist services, NHS, clinicians etc., on ways of working and understanding targets of sexual harassment, and the barriers/stigma that can prevent men from seeking support.

We are using an anonymous online survey that will take around 20 minutes to complete.To take part, please click on the following link:

https://yorksj.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4ZQpMYo6tDq4yiN

Deadline: 28/02/2021

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.