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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Research update #3: Only 5 days left for the survey!

Hi folks,
We are nearing the end of the enrollment period for the survey. Remember, if you haven't looked at it yet, here's some details: it takes 5 minutes to complete, and you can enter to win an iPad mini! We'd love to hear from you, so read more about the study here:


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Research update #2: Help us reach 200 participants!

We are happy to report that we have 163 responses so far! Wow! What a great response from the community. We are grateful for your support, and we could not have done it without you.

We would like to hit 200 responses by January 31st. Do you think you can help us? Share the page and the survey link:


Friday, January 15, 2016

Research update #1: GCN recruitment a success!

Paula and Megan had a great time at the GCN in Houston last weekend, and we really enjoyed meeting lots of folks who are interested in this topic! The good news is that we are extending the survey to stay open until the end of the month so that you can tell your friends about the study and invite them to participate! 
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth in the exhibit hall!

Paula did a fantastic job of presenting on the topic of gender variance in myth & scripture.

We are finished with recruitment from the Gay Christian Network (GCN) conference in Houston, TX, and we are pleased with the results! So far we have 107 participants.

To share about the study, all you need to do is tell them about our Facebook page (, our Twitter account (@LGBTQFaithStudy), our blog site here (, or just give them the direct link to the survey! (

Remember, the survey takes only 5 minutes, and you have a chance to win an iPad mini. The survey ends January 31, 2016. Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gay Christian Network conference 2016

Some members of our research team are in attendance at the Gay Christian Network conference in Houston, TX, to recruit participants for the study. If you are at the conference, come find our booth in the exhibit hall. We'd love to say hi!

Telling the story

Hi again!

We are pleased to provide a brief video that introduces you to the background of this study, including the personal reasons why I (Dr. Gandy-Guedes) decided to do this research. You can view it here:


Greetings, and thank you for visiting our page! We are excited to introduce a new research study, and we welcome you to consider participating. Please read on for more information.

Title: Why do they stay? Exploring the protective functions of faith communities in the lives of LGBTQ people. Dr. Megan E. Gandy-Guedes IRB # 6227

Purpose: This study will look at the meaning of faith communities in the lives of LGBTQ people, with a specific focus on how LGBTQ people experience positive benefits from their involvement with a faith community.

Eligibility: You may participate if: (1) you are 18 years or older), (2) if you identify as non-straight (non-heterosexual) or as a non-cisgender individual (for example: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.), and (3) if you are involved in a faith community. You can define “involvement” and “faith community” in any way you wish.

What's involved: If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to fill out a brief demographic survey and provide your contact information. Then, approximately 30 individuals will be selected from the list of people who are interested, and they will be asked to complete a 1 hour telephone interview.

If you complete the brief demographic survey and provide your contact information, you will be entered to win a drawing for an iPad mini. If you are later selected for a telephone interview, you will be given a gift card.

Contact information for the Principal Investigator: Dr. Megan E. Gandy-Guedes, megandy at ou dot edu, (405) three two five-1400.

To participate, go to:
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Twitter: @LGBTQFaithStudy or #LGBTQFaith