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For Researchers

If you are a researcher interested in having your study posted here, we appreciate your interest in the LGBTQ community. We receive frequent requests to advertise and/or participate in research, so we carefully review these requests. We firmly believe all research conducted with LGBTQ individuals should be returned to the community in a manner that empowers the community. Further, we only participate in LGBTQ affirmative research.

Please provide additional information by completing the following Research Application form and submitting electronically to Jania Sommers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Research Application

By providing this information we will be able to determine whether and how we can assist you in research.

Utah Pride Center provides a venue to participate in research and evaluation studies. The studies that we advertise are designed to increase knowledge of and improve the lives of LGBTQ people.

For Participants

As we know of projects looking for participants, we will post them here. If you are interested in contributing to LGBTQ affirmative research, please review the projects listed and contact the project directors directly.

Current studies:

  • Invitation to participate in a research study on lesbian and gay families

    Were you raised by lesbian or gay parents?  Have you had at least one romantic relationship lasting more than one year?  My name is Tom Roskos and I’m a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of North Dakota.  I am an advocate of individuals raised by lesbian and gay parents and I’m conducting a research project on the relationship experiences of adults raised as children by lesbian or gay parents.  If you’re 21 or older and have at least one gay or lesbian parent, I’d like to interview you about your experiences.  You will be compensated $30.00 for your time. 

     If you are interested or if you have question about the study you may contact me, Tom Roskos, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 435-797-1012.  If you have any questions or concerns you may also contact my advisor, Dr. Kara Wettersten, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Volunteers needed for survey on Protective Factors for Sexual Minority IndividualsWith the permission of The University of Montana Institutional Review Board, I am conducting a study on protective factors for sexual minority individuals.  Specifically, my project examines whether or not the way people explain negative events that happen to them protects them from developing depressive symptoms. I am specifically interested in understanding how this may happen amongst 18-22 year olds who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.  Additionally, it includes those who engage in sexual behaviors with, or have attractions to, members of the same sex.

    The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. As a token of my appreciation for your time, you will have the option of entering a drawing for one of four $25 iTunes gift cards at the completion of the study.  I appreciate your time and effort dedicated to this research. You are under no pressure to participate and if you decide to do the survey, you may stop at any time.  Your information will be handled anonymously and all responses will be analyzed without identifying data.

    If you would like to speak with my advisor or myself about this study, please contact us at the information below. Please feel free to forward this e-mail announcement to eligible friends/student colleagues, or post the link on any social networking site you may use.

    If you would like to participate, please click here to learn more about the survey.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Lauri M. Lindquist      
    Graduate Student, School Psychology
    The University of Montana
    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Phone: (406) 241-3221

    Greg R. Machek, Ph.D.
    Graduate Advisor, School Psychology            
    The University of Montana
    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Volunteers needed for LGBTQ Youth Online Survey (Must be 16 years old) My name is Nick Heck and I’m a graduate student at The University of Montana. I am recruiting high school students to complete an anonymous, online survey. The survey will ask questions about your activities, family relationships, community involvement, and school environment and school experiences. To participate in this study you need to be at least 16 years old. Your input is important and could help improve schools for LGBTQ youth, so please consider taking our survey. Students who participate in this study could win a $10 or $20 gift card for an online retailer (i.e. Amazon.com, iTunes). Click here for the online survey.

    Volunteers needed  for Research Study on Gay & Lesbian Parents The purpose of this study is to examine various individual and contextual factors that might affect the decision to have a child, the process of having a child, and parenting decisions for gay and lesbian individuals. The focus will be on the role of social networks and state-level factors, particularly the law, in shaping family outcomes. If you agree to be a part of this study, you will be interviewed by one or both of the principal investigators. Following the main interview, there might be a follow-up contact to clarify any interview content. You are eligible to participate in this study if you (1) identify as gay, lesbian, or are in a same-sex partnership, and (2) have considered/explored parenthood options, are in the process of becoming a parent, or are a parent of one or more child. We believe there to be minimal risk associated with participation in this study. Some subjects living in states with restrictive laws for gay men and lesbians may indicate during interviews that they have nonetheless engaged in adoption/fostering/surrogacy/etc. We will keep the identities of all subjects confidential and thus address the unlikely risk of legal sanctions. While you will not directly benefit from participation, your participation may help investigators better understand predictors of parenthood for gay men and lesbians. This knowledge could inform public policy, such as legislation affecting gay and lesbian parenthood options. Principal Investigators: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Department of Sociology, University of Houston (713) 743-3944. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Department of Sociology, University of New Orleans (504) 280-6200. This project has been reviewed by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713) 743-9204 and the University of New Orleans Office of Human Subjects Research (504) 280-5454.
  • Volunteers Needed for LGBQ Discrimination and Minority Stress Survey If you are 18 or older and lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer, please participate in a national and anonymous on-line survey study on the psychological effects of sexual minority discrimination and ways of managing minority stress.  The study is being conducted by Dr. Darrell Greene and Dr. Paula Britton, through John Carroll University and the JCU Education and Allied Studies Department.  The study will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.  Benefit to you as a participant involves contributing to our understanding of the effects of sexual minority discrimination on our communities, and how to better help LGBQ people manage sexual minority discrimination.  Complete the survey, and be eligible to win from $10 to up to $50 in gift cards.  If interested, please take this survey. 

  • Volunteers Needed For LGBQ LDS Study Are you a former member or member of the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and also a lesbian, bi, trans or queer? Would you be willing to be interviewed about your experiences as a woman in the church. Documentary filmmaker (who is a former Mormon and a lesbian) is looking for participants for a film about how former (or present) membership in the Mormon Church influences women's choices about being "out." Looking to set up interviews/meetings on Saturday and Sunday August 13th and 14th. About the Film Maker: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (www.juliecasperroth.com) I am a filmmaker and artist completing my MFA in Video Art at the University at Albany in Albany, NY. My work often deals with lesbian sexuality. My short film Tokens — about coming to terms with my own sexuality while still a member of the LDS Church— has screened at numerous festivals and won several awards. This current project is a documentary that will be completed, in part, for fulfillment of my graduate degree. Please feel free to contact me; I would like to begin a dialogue with participants before my arrival in Utah. Thank you!

**Please be aware that many of these studies are not affiliated with the Center and their inclusion below is not an endorsement by the Utah Pride Center. In cases where the Utah Pride Center may be a sponsor, author, contributor, or co-sponsor of a study, that is clearly indicated below.

If you have any questions about Utah Pride Center supported research or evaluation, please contact Jania Sommers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For questions about other studies listed here, please contact those researchers directly.

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