Engaging with LGBTQ2S+ Participants

Engaging with LGBTQ2S+ Participants

How can service providers and researchers more effectively engage with LGBTQ2S+ participants?  

jecker

October 18, 2019

To effectively work with LGBTQ2S+ participants, it will be important for researchers and service providers to become educated on issues that are important to LGBTQ2S+ individuals. This could begin with taking a training from an organization led by LGBTQ2S+ individuals (or at least accessing online resources). It could also involve liaising with organizations that work with LGBTQ2S+ individuals to identify current service and research gaps. Researchers and service providers should also be equipped with inclusive instruments to assess gender identity and sexual orientation (see PiT count guide developed by Alex Abramovich), and ensure confidentiality and anonymity when speaking with service users about why you are collecting gender and sexual orientation data. It is critically important to involve LGBTQ2S+ individuals in these processes, from project inception to project completion. This includes the development of surveys and interview protocols, data collection, data analysis, reporting, and service delivery. 

John 

jecker@edu.yorku.ca 

cfullerton

February 9, 2020

What role does an intersectional systems thinking approach to Housing First service delivery play in combatting minority stress theory amongst gender and sexual minorities experiencing homelessness? 

Minority stress theory has been linked to poorer health outcomes, such as higher rates of depression, addictions and suicidal idealization, among LGBTQ2S+ individuals. Programs such as Housing First can address the impact of minority stress among LGBTQ2S+ individuals experiencing homelessness by providing a positive and affirming space. This positive space training manual can be repurposed for service provider use. Ensuring LGBTQ2S+ staff representation is also key, since it is important for LGBTQ2S+ individuals to be able to share a common narrative with service providers.

John 

jecker@edu.yorku.ca 

cfullerton

February 23, 2020

Thanks, jecker and chaney.