Participate in Research

One of our goals is to encourage more research on LGBTQ parenting and families. We invite LGBTQ people to consider participating in research that may be of benefit to our communities.

Research Listings

LGBTQ+ PARENTS’ EXPERIENCES IN EARLY YEARS ENVIRONMENTS

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH: LGBTQ+ parents’ experiences in early years environments

Are you:

  • 18 years of age or older?
  • Identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community?
  • A parent/guardian of a 0 to 6-year-old child, who looked for an early years environment in the past year?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you are invited to volunteer in this study to discuss the factors LGBTQ+ parents consider when looking for an early years environment for their child, and their experiences in early years environments.

 

You will be asked to provide some demographic information about yourself and answer questions in a one-on-one interview.

 

Your participation will involve one session that is expected to take a maximum of 60 minutes in a location you prefer.

 

If you are interested in participating in this study or for more information, please contact

 

Michael Butac at mbutac@ryerson.ca. Michael Butac is a current graduate student from the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, conducting this study as part of a major research project.

 

The project is supervised by Dr. Rachel Berman, a faculty member of the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Dr. Berman can be contacted at rcberman@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000 x.7695

 

Contemporary LGBTQ Family Conflict

Participate in a Research Project on
Contemporary LGBTQ Family Conflict

In Canada, almost no research has been done on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) family conflict. I am a queer parent, a long-time LGBTQ parenting researcher, educator and advocate, and a professional mediator of family and other conflicts.
I am looking for people:
  • Who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer (or elsewhere on the queer/trans spectrum),
  • Whose family or kinship configuration includes “get-go” kids, i.e. children who, from the “get-go,” were born or adopted into an LGBTQ-led family,
  • Who have experienced a situation of conflict that has led to the breakdown or potential breakdown of a relationship with a partner, co-parent, sperm/egg donor or other significant person. This might include
    • Custody or access issues related to separation
    • Conflicts involving sperm/egg donors, surrogates, intended parents
    • Conflicts between biological and non-biological parents
    • Conflicts in multi-parent families
  • Or: You are the “get-go” child of an LGBTQ parent (and are currently over 18 years old) and your family experienced conflict.
This is a Canadian study. Interviews can take place in person in Toronto, Vancouver, Kingston and Ottawa, and via Skype in other locations. Accessible interview space, ASL available.
To find out more about the project, and/or participate, please contact:
Rachel Epstein, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Brock University
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University – file #15-296. If you have any comments or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Research Ethics Office at (905) 688-5550 Ext. 3035, reb@brocku.ca.
LGBTQ Child Custody Conflicts, 1960 – 1995

 Participate in a Research Project on

LGBTQ Child Custody Conflicts, 1960 – 1995

 In Canada, almost no research has been done on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) family conflict. I am a queer parent, a long-time LGBTQ parenting researcher, educator and advocate, and a professional mediator of family and other conflicts.

I am interested in documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans child custody conflicts from 1960-1995.

I am looking for people:
• Who now identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer (or elsewhere on the queer/trans spectrum),
• Who had children in a heterosexual relationship and were involved in a family conflict, custody dispute or court case between 1960 – 1995.

 

Or: You are the child of an LGBTQ parent (and are currently over 18 years old), you were born into a heterosexual family and your family experienced conflict as the result of one parent identifying as LGBTQ.

 

If you were involved in the work of the Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund anywhere in Canada, please get in touch.

This is a Canadian study. Interviews can take place in person in Toronto, Vancouver, Kingston and Ottawa, and via Skype in other locations. Accessible interview space, ASL available.

To find out more about the project, and/or participate, please contact:
Rachel Epstein, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow,Brock University
416 898 3549; conflictstudy@yahoo.com

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University – file #15-296. If you have any comments or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Research Ethics Office at (905) 688-5550 Ext. 3035, reb@brocku.ca.

LGBTQ parent with a child in extracurricular activities

Are you a LGBTQ parent with a child that has participated in extracurricular activities in the community?
Are you:

We Want to Hear Your Story!

We are interested in learning about the experiences of LGBTQ parents and their children (aged 4-16) who are currently participating in or have been a part of community extracurricular activities.

By listening to your stories, we hope to better understand:

  • how children’s extracurricular activities may influence family interactions, values and relationships;
  • how inclusive children’s extracurricular activities are to children of openly LGBTQ parents; and,
  • if the needs of diverse family structures are being met by children’s extracurricular activity service providers.

Concurrent parent and child discussions will be approximately one to two hours in length at a gathering space in your community. Each participating family member will receive $20 compensation for their time.

If you are interested in participating in our study or have any questions, please contact:

Heather Isnor Research Assistant
heather.isnor@brocku.ca

Dr. Dawn Trussell Principal Investigator
dtrussell@brocku.ca

Sadie Epstein-Fine Peer Facilitator
sadie.roseef@gmail.com

Parents of Children Born 2011-2014

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WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR STORY

Was your child born between 2011 and 2014? Do you want to talk to a researcher about your experience with getting support for your child? Examples of support include:

  • A resource consultant
  • Autism support services
  • Speech and language
  • Behavior supports
  • Physical therapy
  • Mental health services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Aboriginal family supports
  • Other advice or assessment related to your child’s growth or development

If you have used (or are waiting for) any of these services, and live in Toronto, Hamilton, Wellington, or Timiskaming, we would like to hear your story. The Inclusive Early Childhood Services System Project wants to learn from your experiences in getting support for your child. The study hopes to learn more about how early childhood services are meeting the needs of Ontario families. Participation in the study is voluntary and involves:

  • A 1.5 to 2 hours interview that will be audio-recorded.
  • Child care and/or translation if needed
  • The opportunity to participate in an interview once a year until 2017
  • A thank you gift for your time (value $30)

If you would like to join our study or find out more information please contact the project office at, inclusion@ryerson.ca416-979-5000 ext. 7637.

 

The research projects listed here have been reviewed by the LGBTQ Parenting Network, following Sherbourne Health Centre’s research policy, and we support the broad goals and objectives of these projects.

If you participate in a research study and you have concerns about the collection or use of the information you provided, we encourage you to contact the researcher or the ethics review committee at their institution.

If you have a research project you would like to submit, please review our procedures for listing calls for participants.