Informed Consent

We are a group of researchers from The University of Tennessee Knoxville and Towson University conducting research on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals during the Trump presidential administration. If you choose to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete a brief survey, which should take approximately 30-45 minutes. During the survey, you will be asked to rate how strongly you agree with statements about yourself and to provide some examples of your experiences as an LGBTQ person.

If you decide to participate in this survey, you will not be asked to give information that would allow anyone to identify you. You will not be asked to provide your personal information and your IP address will not be recorded. There are minimal risks associated with your participation. Risk may be more likely if you are uncomfortable thinking about and answering questions about your identity. Your participation is entirely voluntary. You are not obligated to respond to any questions that you are uncomfortable answering. The survey is designed so that you can indicate "no answer" for individual questions and remain in the study. You may exit the survey at anytime. Should you feel that you need further assistance, please call the Fenway Health LGBT Helpline at 888.340.4528 (toll free) or the Peer Listening Line 800.399.PEER (toll free).
Even though there are no direct benefits or incentives for participating in this study, we hope that the results of the study will shed light on the experiences of LGBTQ people.

Completion of this survey signifies your voluntary consent to participate in this research and that you are at least 18 years of age and live in the United States. You may discontinue your participation in this study at any time by clicking "Exit this survey" in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Institutional Review Board has approved this study. If you have any questions regarding this research or its purpose, please contact Dr. Kirsten Gonzalez at or Lex Pulice-Farrow, M.A., at  If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, please contact the University of Tennessee IRB Compliance Officer at or (865) 974-7697.



Kirsten A. Gonzalez & Lex Pulice-Farrow
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville & Towson University

Question Title

* 1. By agreeing to participate in this study I acknowledge that:

1. I am at least 18 years of age
2. I live in the United States
3. I identify as LGBTQ.