Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sexual Minority Women Needed for Lehigh University Study

Hello everyone! Here's a survey looking for sexual minority women for their study.

"Hello! My name is Melanie Fann, and I am a third year graduate student
in the College of Education at Lehigh University. I am conducting a
study on the life experiences and well-being of sexual minority women.
It is my hope that with this study, I can contribute to the
understanding of the experiences of women who identify as lesbian,
bisexual, queer, or other sexual minority orientations. Your
participation is essential to achieving this goal, so I hope that you
will take part in this study.

In order to participate, you must identify as a woman, a sexual
minority person (e.g., lesbian, bisexual, queer, or other sexual
minority orientation), currently live in North America, and be 18
years of age or older. If you would like to participate in this study,
please click on the link below (or cut and paste it into your browser)
and you will be directed to the online survey:

Thank you VERY much in advance for your time!  Please feel free to
pass on this link to other people who might be eligible. If you have
any questions about this study, please contact me at mef210@lehigh.edu
or my research supervisor, Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere, at
deblaere@lehigh.edu. This research has been approved by the Lehigh
University Institutional Review Board (#12/227).


Melanie Fann, M.S."

Don't worry, I just finished the survey and it's very inclusive and might take 20-30 minutes of your time. :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Survey: LGBT Self-Injury

Understanding factors involved in self-injury among LGBTQ individuals

Interested in helping with some important research?

We are looking for LGBTQ individuals between 18 and 25 years of age to participate in a research project looking at self-injury. You do not need to have a history of self-injury to participate. The study will take approximately one hour to complete and can be done ONLINE, from your own computer, on your own time. 

Participants will be eligible to win one of two $100 gift cards for Amazon.com. The draw will occur in Spring, 2013. Chances of winning will depend on the number of those who participate.

If interested please go to http://www.westresearch.ca/lgbtqstudy/ or email the graduate coordinator of this project, Jill St. Denis (j.stdenis@psy.uoguelph.ca).

This project has been reviewed and received clearance from the Research Ethics Board at the University of Guelph (REB#12FE001).

Special Note:
If you would like more information or resources about self-injury or issues relating to sexuality, please visit the following websites:


Self-injury Outreach & Support
S.A.F.E. Alternatives
Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults
Recover Your Life

To Write Love On Her Arms

Saturday, July 07, 2012

BiNet USA Applauds Frank Ocean's Coming Out

We want to salute rapper Frank Ocean and praise his courage to share his experiences of sexual fluidity. This past Fourth of July, (The perfect day to liberate oneself!) the 24-year-old musician outed himself open letter style on his Tumblr:

"4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the days I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence..until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant, It was hopeless, There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling, no choice. It was my first love, it changed my life."

This is a big moment for hip-hop and it's relationship with the LGBT community. He has already received lots of  support from both the hip-hop as well as the LGBT communities, though there are still some mixed reactions to his announcement according to the Washington Post:

"But fans and celebrities alike responded on Twitter and Facebook. Not surprisingly, reactions to Ocean’s statement have been mixed. According to Twitter Counter, a site that tracks statistics for users of the social media network, the singer gained more than 15,000 followers in the day following his Tumblr post.

Rapper Tyler The Creator, who along with Ocean is part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, voiced his support for Ocean in a (caution: strongly-worded) tweet..." Read more.

We hope that his coming out and the support that he is getting will start a trend in the hip-hop community for more LGBT-acceptance.