Researching for LGBTQ Health


On this page, you will find information about what we do, including Active and Past projects. Please visit our Resources page for things we have produced as a result of some of our research (e.g., papers, reports, posters, brochures). Click on the title of each project to learn more.

To learn more about our research or to share ideas you have for possible future projects, please contact us!

Active Projects

Active Projects

Inequalities in Poverty Indicators, Mental Health Outcomes, Physical Health Outcomes, and Mortality by Sexual Orientation in Canada

This research aims to examine food insecurity inequalities among Canadians by their sexual orientation identity, and examine how poverty (measured by several socioeconomic statuses) may explain the health inequalities by sexual orientation (alone and intersection with other social positions), using population-based data in Canada. In this study, we will particularly focus on the analysis of the inequalities among bisexuals vs. gay/lesbian and heterosexuals.

Building Competence, Building Capacity: 2SLGBTQ2+ Focused Trauma-Informed Care

We are developing, delivering and evaluating curriculum for a workshop aimed at increasing health and social service providers' ability to provide trauma-informed care to 2SLGBTQ+ folks. The workshop is currently being piloted across Ontario in Toronto, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Kingston and Windsor. The workshop is for multi-disciplinary providers working in healthcare, mental health, social services, and the anti-violence sector. We hope that the training will prevent stigmatization, alienation or the re-traumatization of 2SLGBTQ+ survivors who access support.

Exploring the Attitudes of Ontario Midwives Towards Sexual and Gender Minority People

This is a paper- and web-based survey that aims to produce new knowledge about midwives' attitudes and how they might be shaped. This research matters because understanding what shapes Ontario midwives' attitudes towards SGM might help ensure midwives are able to provide quality, inclusive care to all SGM, which could play an important role in reducing health disparities of SGM and creating midwifery care that is inclusive, safe and celebratory of SGM.

An Examination of Resilience to HIV/AIDS Among Middle-aged and Older Men Who Have Sex With Men: Resources, Strengths, and Protective Factors

Using a Community-Based Research approach, this qualitative study aims to examine the resilience of middle-aged and older men who have sex (MSM) to HIV/AIDS. By exploring the perspectives and lived experience of middle-aged and older MSM, the study intends to identify their resources, strengths, and protective factors that contribute to their resilience.

The Peers Examining Experiences in Research (PEERS) Study

Peer researchers are individuals who are hired to work on research projects because of their lived experiences with the topic being studied. In order to contribute to more meaningful inclusion of communities on topics they have experience with, it is often recommended to hire peer researchers for community-based and participatory research projects. However, little research has examined how peer researchers experience their involvement in these research projects, in order to determine whether or how they were meaningfully included.

The Canadian Coalition Against LGBTQ+ Poverty

Did you know that LGBTQ+ people are more likely than our heterosexual, cisgender counterparts to live in poverty? The Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health team has brought together a group of academic researchers, community organizations, and anti-poverty advocates to form a new coalition to address this issue—the Canadian Coalition Against LGBTQ+ Poverty (CCALP).

A Qualitative Study of Embodiment Among Women with Physical Disabilities During the Perinatal Period and Early Motherhood

This qualitative study explores how women with physical disabilities experience the transition to motherhood with an emphasis on embodiment and care experiences.

Understanding Subjugation and Resistance among Older Gay Men Seeking and Receiving Care in Medical Settings

In recent years, a growing body of literature on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ2S+) aging has highlighted the systemic exposure of older sexual and gender minorities to complex expressions of stigma and discrimination across a variety of social contexts, the confluence of which tends to adversely affect the social conditions and health outcomes of these groups. Older gay men have specifically been recognized as a population of concern, given this group’s exposure to the unique social history of HIV, and therefore the unique features of stigma and discrimination that are likely to typify the realities of these older adults as they access health care and social services (Addis et al., 2009).

Investigating Trans Persons' Experiences Accessing Mental Health Services

Recent research indicates that rates of depression and suicidality are elevated within transgender/transsexual/transitioned (trans) populations (Grant et al., 2010; Bauer et al, 2013). At the same time, gender minorities report experiencing discrimination from service providers when accessing mental health care. This may lead to the avoidance of necessary psychological support programs.