Research on the role of ethnicity on ‘coming out’

Are you between the ages of 16 and 25 years, consider yourself to be LGBTQ, that is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (uncertain of your sexual orientation), and come from what is referred to as a Black, Minority or Ethnic (BME) or Non-White British background? If so please continue with this survey.

Who I am and why am I carrying out this study:
My name is Melanie Steeden, I am undertaking research which looks at ethnicity and 'coming out' in young people identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ). This is part of my training to be a Clinical Psychologist and is sponsored by the Department of Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University.

What is this research and why should you take part?
You do not have to take part, but by doing so it will allow me to gain an important insight into what it means to be a LGBTQ young adult in today's society. In doing so you will be helping to inform an insufficiently researched area in the UK. Until now the majority of the research that has investigated ethnicity and 'coming out' in LGBTQ young adults has been carried out in the US.

a. Your participation in this survey is your own choice and you can stop at any time by closing the SurveyMonkey window. Once you have pressed the 'submit' button your survey is automatically submitted to the research and it will not be possible to retrieve your individual responses.

b. The research will not identify you personally in any way and no one, aside from me will be aware of your responses.

c. Please do not write your name or contact details, identifiable information will be deleted.

d. All information will be stored securely and confidentially.

e. If you have any questions or queries, please contact me on my email address:

f. There is a page to tick to record that you have read and understood these things.

Thank you, what you say in the survey will be valued. It is hoped that it will provide information on how to best support LGBTQ young adults in the future.