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.

Reported Barriers to Mainstream Services Experienced by LGBT Communities

Are you over 18?

Have you accessed the counselling and/or sexual health service at LGBT Foundation?

I would like to invite you to take part in a study exploring the barriers LGBT communities have experienced when accessing mainstream services, such as your GP.

This may include any experienced stigma or stereotypes you have experienced or any fears of using mainstream services. It may also include any positive experiences you have had and comparisons to using LGBT Foundation services.

The study involves taking part in an interview, lasting approximately an hour, that can be conducted via Skype or phone.

There is currently limited research into this area, so hearing your story is important to us and for the development of services!

If you are interested in taking part in this study please contact:

Anna Rishton

You will receive a participant information sheet and consent form to read over and a list of potential dates for interviews for you to choose from.

Thanks for reading!

Drives and Experiences of ‘Chemsex’ in Men who have sex with Men

I am conducting research on the drives and experiences of chemsex in men who have sex with men and looking for participants to take part in interviews over skype. These will be completely confidential, and I want to explore why people take part in chemsex, the stigmas they face, and the ways in which this stigma can affect them and their day to day lives.

In order to take part you must:

  • Be a gay, bi or other man who has sex with men
  • Be 18-30
  • Have participated in SEXUALISED DRUG USE with another man within a year

If you have any questions, please do get in touch!

Principle researcher: Eric Andrew McNamara


Twitter: @DrewMack97

What are young LGBT individuals’ perceptions of mental health support services during the coronavirus pandemic and have they changed?

This study is looking at young LGBT individuals’ perceptions of mental health support services during the coronavirus pandemic and whether these perceptions have changed in comparison to prior to the pandemic using semi-structured interviews.

The interview may last around one hour depending on your responses and will take place via Skype.

As this study is looking at young LGBT individuals’ perceptions of mental health support services, participants must:

1. Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.

2. Be able to communicate in English

3. Be aged between 18-24.

If you are interested in participating in this research, please email the address given below so I can send you a copy of the participant information sheet and consent form to read.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Queerantine Study

Researchers from the University of Sussex and UCL want to know how LGBTQ+ people are doing during lockdown. Please help them find out how our community is doing by completing the survey here:

akt survey: your experiences with homelessness

LGBTQ+? Experienced any form* of homelessness within the last five years, while age 16-25?

akt want to hear from you.

The results from this anonymous survey will be used to centre your voice and experience, to better support future LGBTQ+ young people:

LGBTI peoples’ Socioeconomic and Wellbeing Experiences: A Dynamic Investigation in the UK

The overarching aim of this study is to explore how past life experiences and moderating factors affect current socio-economic and wellbeing experiences of LGBTI people living in the UK. Research questions explore:

  • What are the impacts of significant events throughout the life course on current health and wellbeing experiences for LGBTI middle-aged/seniors?This question will be addressed by exploring two general periods; childhood experiences (0-18 years) and adulthood, and will consider events such as school and/or workplace bullying, feelings of victimisation, experiences of discrimination, etc
  • How is mental health amongst LGBTI people affected by life experiences?
  • How much of an impact do moderating factors (family support, family socio-economic background, spousal support, discriminatory legislation) have on LGBTI peoples’ current health and wellbeing experiences?
  • What are the experiences of LGBTI people accessing and using healthcare services? (in relation to their needs as they have been formulating by the societal bias, and exploring these links)
  • How does gender identity affect workplace outcomes? How do perceived and actual psychological characteristics of masculinity and femininity affect workplace outcomes, in LGBTI people? Associations will be explored between middle-aged/seniors’ personality and psychological traits and current socio-economic status, and well-being/health indicators.

You can participate by completing this survey:

Deadline: 31/10/2020

Interruptions and access to gender transition related healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers from the University of Bradford are conducting research to try to better-understand the impact of any interruptions and barriers to accessing transition related healthcare during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. I am asking questions about:

  • What interruptions and barriers to receiving cross-hormone treatment have occurred during lockdown and how this differed across the UK?
  • What is the personal/social/health impact on Trans individuals on the removal, delay or threat of delay to cross-hormone treatment due to covid?
  • What is the personal/social/health impact of postponed gender affirming surgery assessments or surgery on individuals?
  • How good has communication between GICs and patients during COVID-19 and the extent to which waiting times are affected?

They are seeking participants for the study, who must be aged 18 or older and able to give informed consent, self-identify as Trans* (ftm/mtf, non-binary, gender fluid) and are in receipt of or engaged with transition related healthcare (NHS or Shared Care), and living in the UK during the coronavirus health crisis. Participation in the study would require completing one 60 minute interview (online or phone) with me Jack López, at a time and space convenient to you. Your anonymity is guaranteed. If you would like to be interviewed and/or know more about the project please contact me via or DM @anthroLopez (twitter) for more information.

Deadline: 15/12/2020

Beyond the binary: Attitudes and beliefs towards gender diversity in Physical Education

This project focuses on the prior experiences of gender diverse young adults in UK Physical Education. It aims to use the knowledge and understanding gained to create guidance resources for schools which advise ways to make PE inclusive for gender diverse students.

Who can take part?

We are looking for young adults (aged 18-25) who experienced UK Physical Education and identify as gender diverse (transgender, non-binary or any of the related labels).

What is involved?

The study will involve one interview in which you will be asked about your prior experience of UK Secondary Physical Education. The interview process will last 1 to 2 hours. In order to maintain social distancing, interviews will be conducted via telephone or Microsoft Teams video conferencing.

If you have any questions or are interested in taking part, please contact Hannah Kettley-Linsell at

Deadline: 23/10/2020

What Provisions are Implemented within Educational Settings to Positively Support Transgender Children?

This research project focuses on Transgender Youth; specifically the support provided within Primary and Secondary institutions to support a transitioning child. There are two questionnaires for different audiences:

One questionnaire will be solely for adults aged 18+, who transitioned during their schooling years and can openly discuss their experiences, please see the information sheet and consent form before filling in the survey below.

Questionnaire for Adults (18+) -

A second questionnaire is available for parent(s)/guardian(s) to complete on behalf of the child in their care (5-17 years), who may recently have began their transition.Please see the information sheet and consent form before filling in the survey below.

Questionnaire for Parent(s)/Guardian(s) -

Understanding LGBTQ+ young people’s self-management of their mental health and wellbeing

Rosa Town, a PhD student from University College London, is researching how LGBTQ+ young people self-manage their mental health. She would like to hear from young people who identify as LGBTQ+ about their experiences of managing their mental health on their own, how they would define self-management, and anything that stops them from or helps them to manage their mental health on their own. There are two ways to get involved in this exciting new project:

  1. Participating in a one-hour telephone/online interview or focus group
  2. Becoming a member of an Informal Advisory Group which will meet online

Participants in this project will receive a £10 One4all digital voucher as a thank you for their time.

To find out more, please email

Browsing the catalogue for LGBTQIA+ content. Can user-generated tags enhance subject access to LGBTQ+ material?

The aim of this study is to provide a comparison of a controlled information organisation tool (Library of Congress’ Subject Headings) and a user-generated tagging system found on the website LibraryThing. Participants for this research will be given a survey-based task that will take approximately 40 minutes. They will be given 30 texts and asked how they would subject search for each. The only requirement is that participants identify as LGBTQIA+

I would like anyone who is interested to get in touch by emailing me personally at

User research, design and evaluation of digital health interventions

This research is on the use and curation of safe online spaces by LGBTQ+ individuals, for which I need interview participants. The interview should last no longer than 30-40mins and will take place via Microsoft Teams either by video or voice call, whichever you are more comfortable with. You will receive a £15 (or equivalent in your preferred currency) Amazon voucher for your participation!

In order to participate, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or above
  • Be able to communicate in English
  • Identify as LGBTQ+
  • Regularly engage with social media

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact me by e-mail at

Queer Mediated Intimacies – LGBTIQ+ individuals use of dating and hook up apps.

Are you LGBTIQ+ or another form of sexual or gender identity, 18 or over, live in the UK, and have used dating/hook up apps in the past three years? Then this is the study for you.

This study looks at how LGBTIQ+ individuals use dating/hook up apps and how individuals use them to socialise and to be intimate with one another.

Please contact Dean Inwood on the email address below for more information. If you choose to take part, you will be required to complete an app-usage diary and an interview, for more information please contact the researcher. If you would like to take part in this research sign up here, or contact the research:

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:

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:

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

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.

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:

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:

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.