New #ComingOut Models: LGBT Sibling Study Seeks Participants, Aims to Educate.
As “tolerance” for out, queer persons of experience shapeshifts its way through to LGBTQ-friendliness and inclusion, “coming out” isn’t necessarily the simultaneous beginning and ending of a life story anymore. It doesn’t always have to end in tears. While it’s not necessarily an expectation or assumption that queer or questioning folks come out formally (rather than just “being out”), academicians, researchers and activists continue to inform us that closeted existence is unhealthy, to say the least….
A new LGBT-focused study seeks to make a substantive difference in achieving and enjoying an optimal life experience: doctoral researcher Katie Barrow is co-leading a research study and actively recruiting participants who are LGBT siblings. How might two siblings who are LGBTQ thrive within families and in our culture?
If you can help them out, you can also earn a bit of cash in the process. Please read and forward the call for participants below:
When A Second Sibling Comes Out – Call for Participants
Are you interested in talking about your experiences as being the second sibling in your family to come out as a sexual minority/LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)?
If so, please consider participating in a 30-45 minute interview via telephone or face-to-face.
To be eligible:
*You must identify as a sexual minority/LGBT and be 18-35 years of age
* Have a sibling who also identifies as a sexual minority/LGBT
*You and your sibling must be out to at least one parent/caregiver in your family
*If possible, you must identify as the second sibling to come out as a sexual minority/LGBT
If this sounds like you, please consider participating! Eligible parties will receive a $20 Visa gift card for completing the 30-45 minute interview!
For more information, please contact K. Barrow at [email protected]
To see more, please check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EheXko63azs
Feel free to tweet your questions, concerns or interest at Twitter to : @gaysiblingstudy
This study has been approved by the Virginia Tech IRB #13473.
How The Study’s Results Will Help
Katie Barrow generously shared with us how she plans to use the study results. In an email sent earlier this month, Katie wrote:
I’ll be happy to clarify how the results will be used.
This study serves a multitude of purposes, and they go hand-in-hand. Two purposes are listed below:
1.) Advancement of knowledge. This is the most basic, yet vital reason we are conducting this study. Beyond biological studies looking at when a family has more than one son…there have been no developmental, contextual, or familial investigations asking the question of, “What happens in a family when two children both identify as a sexual minority?” It’s a broad stroke, yes, but we are casting a wide net to see what kind of information we can get!
2.) And because there is no research that looks at how a family responds to two same-sex siblings, our second goal is to apply our knowledge. We would like to begin creating coming out models so that community professionals (e.g., therapists, PFLAG groups) who come in contact with someone who is LGBT and also has an LGBT sibling, or a parent/caregiver who has two same-sex children, can be more informed of this phenomena and therefore offer more comprehensive treatment and/or guidance.
Thank you so much!
Again, please spread the word about this study—we trust it will help many LGBTQ persons of experience, families, allies and organizations out there, which is turn, helps our community and those who seek to understand us. If you qualify for the study as indicated above, please click here to begin the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7WLM5ZZ.