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.

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.

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.

CONTACT EMAIL: thomas.j.chambers2@stu.mmu.ac.uk

Coming Out aged 50+

Did you come out after the age of 50? Coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/ or trans is a life event that requires courage. It can be a major turning point at any age. Would you like to share what it means to you personally?

Take part to give a voice to your stories of gain and losses for a project that could inform and improve services. If you would like to know more and possibly agree to an interview via Skype or over the phone, please email dawn.a.hubbard@stu.mmu.ac.uk

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

Email: 16058867@stu.mmu.ac.uk

Twitter: @DrewMack97

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 15003477@stu.mmu.ac.uk

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!

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.

LGBTQ* UK COVID-19 Lockdown18-35 Experiences Online Survey

We want to hear about your experiences – good or bad or both!

We have a short, anonymous online survey which we’d really appreciate you taking a look at. The survey is designed for LGBTQ* people aged 18-35 years, especially to find out about your experiences with the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures.

Our UK data will also be added to an international study on LGBTQ* responses to the pandemic.

You can find more information & access the survey at: https://bit.ly/LGBTQ-c19-lockdown

Or please email the research team for more details:

Fiona Tasker (f.tasker@bbk.ac.uk) and Marie Houghton (mhough01@mail.bbk.ac.uk)

The role of stigma and group-identification on well-being in the LGBT community

Participants are needed for a study looking into your experiences of discrimination, thoughts about identifying as LGBT and the LGBT community, your openness with others about identifying as LGBT, your social support (e.g., friends and family), and your well-being (e.g., feelings of anxiety and depression). Finally, you will be asked to provide information about yourself (e.g., age, gender identity, sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation). This study will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

To take part you must:

  1. Be 18 years or older
  2. Identify as lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans (LGBT)

If you would like more information or would like to take part, please click on the link below.

https://nupsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QyB2aSp4pmX9Vb

Deadline: August 2020

If you have any questions, please email swathi.saravanan@northumbria.ac.uk.


Investigating the online abuse and harassment of women who use social media and internet platforms to express views on politics, social issues and current affairs

A postgraduate human rights law student at the University of York is looking for self-identifying women who use social media to share views on political/social issues to take part in a short survey: https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_39upCCsdJTVzf5r

The survey will include questions about your social media use and experiences of online abuse and harassment, including how those experiences affected you. The survey will also ask you answer questions relating to your personal characteristics, for example, your sexual orientation, race, gender identity, religion, whether you have a disability and political leanings. This data is gathered to measure diversity among respondents, and to examine the effect of intersecting identities on negative online experiences.

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete

The Experience and Consequences of Participating in Pride Marches

This research project is about the experience and consequences of taking part in LGBT+ Pride Marches. The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of why people participate in Pride Marches, what their experience of taking part is like, and whether participation has any impact on them or their life.

The study is open to anyone in the UK who is over the age of 18, a member or ally of the LGBT+ community, and has previously participated in at least one Pride March.

Note – we are particularly keen to reach Trans individuals, as we currently have no representation of Trans views in our sample.

Participants will be asked to take part in a semi-structured interview via Skype, where we will discuss their participation in Pride Marches. This interview will also contain 7 demographic questions, and some questions about how Corona Virus (Covid-19) has affected your involvement in Pride Marches. The interview should take no longer than 1 hour to complete.

If you wish to take part, please contact Nicola Balloch at nb62@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Deadline: Sunday 19th July

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: d.inwood@surrey.ac.uk.

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: https://billyhaworth.com/lgbtiq_covid-19_english/

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: https://bit.ly/3fmn5sz

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

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: https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jI1VOOWfAoOXbv

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: mrout001@gold.ac.uk

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.

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

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.

E-mail: nonbinary@manchester.ac.uk

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: https://sprw.io/stt-99efa5 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: m.rodriguesbezerra@chester.ac.uk

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

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

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

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

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.