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.

Share your healthcare stories!

LGBT Foundation are working with NHS England to produce a resource for healthcare professionals relating to the NHS’ Long Term Plan. It will highlight the need to provide patient-centred care and consider a patient’s sexual orientation, gender identity and trans status when delivering care, support and signposting.

As part of a project, we are interested in hearing your stories and healthcare experiences. We are particularly interested to hear from you if it relates to:

  • Smoking
  • Cancer
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol
  • Substance Use
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Accessing primary care services (GPs, dentist, pharmacists and optometrists)

We are looking for participants who are happy to be filmed sharing their stories, and/or have their story written down and read by another person.

Filming will take place between September and October. To register your interest, or for further information please contact Clare Marshall –

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.

What is required from you:

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

Contesting Austerity: Feminist and LGBTQ Responses to Changing Health and Social Care Provision in Manchester

A research study is being conducted to understand the responses of feminists and LGBTQ groups and organisations to cuts on health and social care provision for HIV/AIDS and mental health in Manchester. In conducting this new area of research, the study hopes to identify sustainable responses to HIV/AIDS and mental health provision and enhance co-operation between the work of feminist and LGBTQ groups and organisations who work in this area.

The researcher is looking to interview individuals who may:

  • be involved with health and social care provision and/or policy for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • have knowledge of and/or an interest in HIV/AIDS and/or mental health policy in Manchester, or
  • be responding to cuts to health and social care provision in Manchester.

  • What is required from you:

    Participation in this project will consist of one interview which will last approximately one hour and can be conducted in person or via Skype, whichever is preferred by you. It will consist of a series of open-ended questions designed to draw upon your knowledge of changes to the provision of HIV/AIDS and/or mental health services in Manchester.

    If you would like to get involved please email Craig 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.