PURPOSE OF THE LGBQ STUDY

Many individuals who are or were affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) are familiar with the Plan of Salvation. This concept is often challenging for LGBTQ+ individuals as they try to make sense of their core truths about their eternal past and future. The goal of this study is to help us understand the current life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer individuals who are or were affiliated with the LDS Church. In particular, we intend to explore connections between respondents’ understanding of the Plan of Salvation and their level of outness, perceived social support, internalized homophobia, quality of life, and mental health. 

The current phase of this study is intended to focus on sexual orientation rather than gender identity in order to gather the unique experiences and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer individuals. 

 
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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

You are eligible to participate in this research if you meet the following criteria:

AGE

Adults ages 18 or older

IDENTITY

Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or same-sex attracted 

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Are a current or former member of the LDS church.

 
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GOAL

The goal of this study is to help us understand the current life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer individuals who are or were affiliated with the LDS Church, with particular emphasis on how they make sense of this plan. We desire to understand LGBQ+ experiences in order to support allyship and transformation within the LDS community. 

TYPE OF STUDY

This is an exploratory mixed method study. This method includes data analysis where we will be able to look for unique connections between respondents’ understanding of the Plan of Salvation and their level of outness, perceived social support, internalized homophobia, quality of life, and mental health.

BENEFITS

There will be no direct benefit to you for participating. This research may increase the body of knowledge in the subject area of this study. You may find some personal benefit from the time spent thinking, reflecting, and articulating your core beliefs as they connect with your sexual orientation.

 

SURVEY INFORMATION

 
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LENGTH

We estimate that it will take you no longer than 30 minutes to complete the survey.