LGBTQ Family Conflict Study from Brock University

LGBTQ Family Conflict Studies from Brock University

For questions, comments and to participate, please email: conflictstudy@yahoo.com

Study 1: Participate in a Research Project on Contemporary LGBTQ Family Conflict

In Canada, almost no research has been done on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) family conflict. I am a queer parent, a long-time LGBTQ parenting researcher, educator and advocate, and a professional mediator of family and other conflicts.

I am looking for people: 

  • Who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer (or elsewhere on the queer/trans spectrum), 
  • Whose family or kinship configuration includes “get-go” kids, i.e. children who, from the “get-go,” were born or adopted into an LGBTQ-led family,
  • Who have experienced a situation of conflict that has led to the breakdown or potential breakdown of a relationship with a partner, co-parent, sperm/egg donor or other significant person. This might include:
    • Custody or access issues related to separation
    • Conflicts involving sperm/egg donors, surrogates, intended parents
    • Conflicts between biological and non-biological parents
    • Conflicts in multi-parent families

Or: You are the “get-go” child of an LGBTQ parent (and are currently over 18 years old) and your family experienced conflict.

This is a Canadian study. Interviews can take place in person in Toronto, Vancouver, Kingston and Ottawa, and via Skype in other locations. Accessible interview space, ASL available.

To find out more about the project, and/or participate, please contact:
Rachel Epstein, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, 
Brock University; 416 898 3549; conflictstudy@yahoo.com

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University [file #15-296]. If you have any comments or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Research Ethics Office at (905) 688-5550 Ext. 3035, reb@brocku.ca.

Study 2: Participate in a Research Project on LGBTQ Child Custody Conflicts, 1960 – 1995

In Canada, almost no research has been done on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) family conflict. I am a queer parent, a long-time LGBTQ parenting researcher, educator and advocate, and a professional mediator of family and other conflicts. 
I am interested in documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans child custody conflicts from 1960-1995.

I am looking for people: 

  • Who now identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer (or elsewhere on the queer/trans spectrum), 
  • Who had children in a heterosexual relationship and were involved in a family conflict, custody dispute or court case between 1960 – 1995.

Or: You are the child of an LGBTQ parent (and are currently over 18 years old), you were born into a heterosexual family and your family experienced conflict as the result of one parent identifying as LGBTQ.

If you were involved in the work of the Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund anywhere in Canada, please get in touch.

This is a Canadian study. Interviews can take place in person in Toronto, Vancouver, Kingston and Ottawa, and via Skype in other locations. Accessible interview space, ASL available.

To find out more about the project, and/or participate, please contact:
Rachel Epstein, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, 
Brock University
416 898 3549; conflictstudy@yahoo.com

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University [file #15-296]. If you have any comments or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Research Ethics Office at (905) 688-5550 Ext. 3035, reb@brocku.ca.