Have Your Say

The following studies are currently looking for participants - we would be thrilled if any GLADD member, friend or colleague could support them. More research is desperately needed to drive progress in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so get involved if you can and help shape work that makes a difference to LGBTQ+ communities!

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BMA Survey on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

GLADD and the BMA have joined forces again to explore the experiences of LGBTQ+ doctors and medical students. We have been surveying our members periodically since 1997 and have witnessed the continued improvement in the lives of LGBTQ+ doctors. However, our most recent survey in 2016 laid bare the unacceptable prevalence of prejudice and lack of support that still exists, limiting the potential of the LGBTQ+ workforce, which can only lead to poorer care for our patients. All the background is in an excellent BMA article available here.

The 2022 survey, out now, will tell us what’s changed, what still needs to be addressed, and for the first time explicitly seeks the views of the T, Q and + members of our community. Please take a moment to fill it out. Please also share the survey as widely as you can. We need to hear about everybody’s experience, negative or positive.

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Exploring the Experiences of Transgender and Non-Binary Doctors within the NHS

Transgender and non-binary people face increased rates of workplace discrimination and harassment within the UK. This has been well documented, but not within the context of the NHS. The NHS has a responsibility to foster a diverse workforce and ensure its staff are adequately protected from discrimination and unequal opportunity at work. This study aims to explore the experiences of gender minority doctors within the NHS and understand the challenges they face within the workplace.

If you are a qualified doctor who works or has worked in the NHS within the last ten years and identify as transgender or non-binary, then you are eligible to take part in the study. Non-binary here is being used as umbrella term to encompass gender identities such as agender, bigender, genderqueer or gender-fluid.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary and involves a one-off one-to-one Zoom interview which will last from 30-60 minutes. If you are interested in participating and would like further information, please see the contact details below:

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Understanding Alcohol Use in UK Trans Communities

Participants are sought to take part in a research study about understanding alcohol use in UK transgender and non-binary communities. Details below, and please do share this survey with your networks.

The purpose of the study is to explore both the positive and negative experiences of alcohol use in the UK transgender and non-binary (trans) population. You are invited to take part if you identify as transgender and/or non-binary. We are inviting trans men, trans women, non-binary, gender queer and all other gender non-conforming people to take part in this survey. We are interested in hearing your views if you currently drink alcohol or you used to drink alcohol in the past, but no longer do so.

This survey has been developed and led by members of the trans and non-binary community, and has ethical approval.

Find out more & take part here.

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Adjustment, Risk and Protective Factors in LGB+ People

This collaborative group invites people who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, etc. (LGB+) to participate in a study investigating different psychological and physical well-being aspects.

This study is part of a broader research project at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) which involves several countries worldwide. Through your participation, you will improve the knowledge of risk and protective factors related to the lives of LGB+ people. The aim is to use the knowledge gained from this research to inform anti-discriminatory policies and practices. This project has ethical approval.

Find out more & take part here.

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The co-production of a novel behaviour change intervention for hospital staff to improve understanding of, and response to, LGBTQ+ patients accessing healthcare in that setting

There is substantial and consistent evidence that those identifying as LGBTQ+ experience increased incidence of poorer mental and physical health and significant discrimination in health and social care.
Work has already begun to improve the understanding of, and response to, those self-identifying as LGBTQ+ by GP practice staff, for example in Greater Manchester through the ‘Pride in Practice’ scheme run by the LGBT Foundation. We want to see if we can develop interventions which help hospital staff improve their cultural competency in Cambridge, with local people working together to co-design an intervention or interventions to support change. We believe in so doing we will:

  1. Improve the quality of the interaction between patient facing staff and patients regarding the needs of those identifying as LGBTQ+, and enable staff to be more confident and compassionate\
  2. Improve the experience of LGBTQ+ people accessing their local hospital

    We’re inviting people to participate in several small focus groups, each meeting 3-4 times over a twelve-month period, fully supported by the principal researcher throughout. However you identify yourself regarding sexuality or gender you will be welcome, as we want as wide and diverse a group as possible, reflecting our rich and diverse communities.

Please contact the researcher at sc1784@pgr.aru.ac.uk for more information.