Research Corner

Research Corner

On this page we will feature research projects involving LGBT individuals and related issues. Please take a moment to complete these surveys to advance our knowledge of these issues. If you have any questions, or if you are working on an academic research project that you’d like to see on this page, please email

Please note that these surveys were created and are being conducted by outside researchers, and Equality Maryland has no control over their content. Please see the first page of each research project for additional important information.

LGBT Persons Interested in Becoming Parents Wanted to Participate in a Research Project

From the Researcher: Are you LGBTQA+? Are you thinking of becoming a parent in the future? Would you be willing to answer some confidential questions about your life and your future family? Want a chance to win a $20 Target gift card? The purpose of this study is to examine the many way people think about and want to create their future families.
The study consists of an online survey and will take approximately 20-35 minutes of your time. To qualify for the study you have to be over the age of 18, not have any children currently, and want to become a parent in the future. If you have a partner we would like them to participate too! This study has been approved by the Pennsylvania State University IRB #00001200,  and I am working with Dr. Henny Bos who is an Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
If you and/or your partner are interested in participating or want further information please contact Dr. Samantha L. Tornello (Principal Investigator) via email She will send you a web link that you can use to access the study.
Thank you for your interest and I hope to hear about your family soon!

Dr. Samantha Tornello
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Pennsylvania State University – Altoona



From the researcher: Hello all, I am a trans* individual who is part of a group of researchers from Towson University conducting research on trans* language. If you choose to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete a brief online survey. During the survey, you will be asked to think about your interpersonal experiences with potentially offensive language, and the acceptability and frequency of use of trans* labels. Please feel free to share this link to others who may be interested. Http://


Equality Maryland, Inc.

From the author:
Equality Maryland is launching a survey to learn about the needs of the transgender Latin@ population in Maryland. The survey asks about experiences and barriers to service in order to understand the community and how we can help. Our goal is to identify areas of the most need so we can learn how to best work with the community in Maryland, and especially in Prince George’s County, to improve issues of discrimination and barriers to resources.
If you complete our survey, you will get a $10 gift card to your local supermarket. The survey is completely anonymous, and your information for the gift card is obtained via a separate link at the end of the survey. You can access the survey here:
In English:
En español:
Meet with Equality Maryland to share your experiences and needs as a transgender Latin@ person. This is our second meeting to discuss what work we can do in Maryland, especially Prince George’s County. The meeting will be May 7th at 6 pm at CASA de Maryland. You can check out our event here:

Lesbian Women Wanted to Participate in a Research Project

From the researcher:From My name is Dena Roberts and I am a lesbian woman. I am conducting a research study as part of dissertation requirements at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to earn the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, specializing in somatic psychology. The title of the project is “Impact of Multiple Source Relational Trauma on Psychological and Somatic Dissociation in Lesbian Women”. I am recruiting lesbian women across the country to participate in the study.
The study examines how different types of trauma and stressors affect the mental and physical health of lesbian women. To participate you must identify your self as a lesbian and be 18 years old or older. If you meet the requirements to participate please visit the website: Click here to take the survey.
If you know of someone who qualifies to participate, please pass this information on to her. I am dedicated to reaching the rich diversity of lesbian women. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
All information concerning the study is available on that site.

(Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.)

From the researcher: The purpose of this study is to investigate if same-sex couples are experiencing housing discrimination and to what extent, if any, the discrimination is gender based. Our research methodology includes site testing of housing providers in selected Maryland counties, an online survey and a focus group consisting of individuals who are in a same-sex marriage and willing to discuss their experiences in searching for housing. The final product will be a White Paper/Report in collaboration with the Howard University School of Law. The report will include an overview and summary of testing, suggested implications, possible findings, and possible recommendations. Click here to take the survey.


From the researcher: Are you a gay adoptive father? Would you like to share your parenting experiences in order to advance understanding and possible support for initiatives that could be developed for other families like yours?  I would like your insights as a gay adoptive father and want you to participate in a study examining gay fathers’ experiences with parenting and discrimination and the ways in which fathers remain resilient and strong in the face of challenging experiences. You can promote understanding and support for LGBT families by sharing your experiences. Click here to take the survey.


From the researcher: HELP! South Dakota State University is currently studying the effects of bullying during childhood and adolescence, so that we can prevent it! You can help by taking our anonymous online survey! To participate, or to find out more about our study, please email us at Together we can make a difference!

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Persons’ Experiences Survey

From the researcher: We are a sexual minority research team conducting an empirical study examining the experiences of gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) persons. This online survey will ask questions about experiences you may have had as a sexual minority person, ways you cope with life’s challenges, psychosocial well-being, and demographics. We sincerely invite you to participate in this survey to help us learn more about GLB persons in our communities!

To be eligible for this study, you must be at least 18 years old, experience some degree of same-sex attraction, and currently reside in the United States. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a raffle awarding $100 gift certificates to three randomly selected persons. For those interested in participating in this study, click here:

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