Participants Wanted: Understanding Experiences of Conversion ‘Therapy’ Practices among BIPOC, Immigrant, Newcomer and Refugee 2SLGBTQ+ People
Request for Participants
The Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), with funding from the Department of Justice (DoJ) is seeking participants for a new qualitative research study documenting the experiences of BIPOC, as well as newcomer, immigrant and refugee 2SLGBTQ+ people who have experienced conversion ‘therapy’ practices in Canada. If you identify as Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or another diverse sexuality or gender and as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour, or as a newcomer, immigrant or refugee and have experienced conversion ‘therapy’ practices in Canada, you may be eligible to participate.
If you are eligible and consent to participate, you will be asked to complete a qualitative interview with a community researcher over the phone or over Zoom. The interviewer will ask you to share your experiences of conversion ‘therapy’ practices. Your contributions will help to Illuminate the distinct experiences of BIPOC and/or immigrants, newcomers or refugees who are 2SLGBTQ+ and have experienced/survived conversion ‘therapy’ practices. The interview will take approximately 90 minutes, and you will be provided with a $100 honorarium as a thank you for your time.
You must be 16 years of age or older and be able to complete an interview in English, French or Spanish in order to be eligible.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the following eligibility screener on Qualtrics: https://uvicresearch.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NZbzXACLdzMgtw.
The screener will ask some demographic questions about yourself, as well as a bit about your experience of conversion ‘therapy’ practices. You will be asked to provide a name (can be a pseudonym or fake name) and phone number or email address so that we can contact you for follow-up. Your contact information will be kept confidential and stored securely on encrypted servers at the University of Victoria. If you are selected to participate in an interview, this information will be destroyed once we have successfully contacted you. Personal information will be destroyed for participants who are not selected for an interview. If you decide you would like to withdraw from the study, you will have your contact information erased from the servers. Your contact information will not be shared with the Department of Justice or outside of our research team.
Participation in this research is voluntary and potential participants are under no obligation to participate. Choosing to participate or not will not affect your ability to access services, standing, or relationships where you might have heard about this study.
If you are not eligible to participate, your contact information will be deleted. All participants, regardless of eligibility, will receive a list of mental health resources. If you experience any negative mental health impacts as a result of your participation, we encourage you to contact these resources. These mental health resources will be low or no barrier and inclusive of 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
You are able to bring a support person of your choosing with you to your interview if you would like. Support persons will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that the information you share in the interview will not be communicated outside of the interview context.
If you have any questions about this research project, please contact CBRC’s Research Manager, Anu Radha Verma at [email protected]
This study is being led by Dr. Nathan Lachowsky (University of Victoria), Dr. Travis Salway, (Simon Fraser University), Dr. William Hébert (Carleton University), Florence Ashley (University of Toronto), Chanel Fu (McMaster University), Michael Kwag (Community-Based Research Centre), Ben Klassen (Community-Based Research Centre), Anu Radha Verma (Community-Based Research Centre), Mik Vattiata (Community-Based Research Centre), and Jordan Sullivan (Community-Based Research Centre).