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HRC Works to Understand the Needs and Experiences of LGBTQ Southerners

by HRC staff June 01, 2016

Post submitted by HRC Alabama Field Organizer Tori Wolfe-Sisson

For two weekends in a row, HRC Alabama worked to learn proper interview methods. In collaboration with Kamden Strunk PhD and his phenomenal research team out of the Auburn University Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, HRC Alabama opened our offices to train participants in a qualitative study of LGBTQ realities in Alabama. The research will be conducted in both Alabama and Mississippi; however we are focusing on Alabama.

At the time this research project began there had been no studies with this particular scope and focus. We anticipate the study will benefit LGBTQ people living in Mississippi and Alabama through providing insight for improved community advocacy, needs assessment, and providing data for community agencies to better meet those needs.

As a proud Alumnae of Tuskegee University, who has done significant research on the United States Public Health Service Study of Syphilis in the Negro Male, I was delighted to take part in the training where we discussed the history of "informed consent." This particular research will include LGBTQ persons who are over 19 years of age and after transcribing the recorded interviews of those people all identifying information will be deleted and what will be used will be experiences they share. What is of utmost importance and the reason this research is so valuable is the fact that numbers and statistics representing LGBTQ people generally are combined national totals. When equality and equity are realized in far greater numbers in coastal regions and places with greater access to resources, the experiences of LGBTQ Southerners are silenced.

If you would like to participate or are interested in learning more about this exciting research please reach out to or

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