Michigan Study Seeks LBT Women For Focus Group

BY BTL STAFF

YPSILANTI - An Eastern Michigan University (EMU) graduate student has put out the call for LBT women interested in participating in a roundtable study to help complete her thesis.

Queer-identified women are being asked to participate in a discussion on identity, experiencing homophobia and the process of coming out for a graduate thesis on gender roles.

Nicole Richards, who also works as the event coordinator for the Equality Research Center at EMU, hopes to expand and advance the area of academic research that is currently lacking for queer female identities. Group dialogue will focus on: societal gender roles, internalized homophobia, the messages that society sends about what it means to be a female, how gay women are viewed in society and the varying skills LBT women use to navigate the "coming out" process.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, out of the closet and have time available in the next few weeks to come together in a group setting. Meetings will be held on EMU's campus on a date that works best for all those who sign up.

Interested parties can send an email to nrichar8@emich.edu with the participant's name, age and "LGBT Focus Group" listed in the subject line.


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