University of Texas at Austin                                                             Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Research Participation

Research Study About Supportive Communication and Non-heteronormative Identity Distress

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Abby Rainer and I am a graduate researcher for the Communication Department at Wake Forest University. My co-investigator (Dr. Steve Giles) and I are looking for undergraduates who can participate in a research study about supportive communication and non-heteronormative identity distress in undergraduates. In the current study, non-heteronormative identity distress involves feeling stressed about being non-heteronormative (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, and/or “other” in terms of sexual and/or gender identity).

To be eligible to participate in this study, participants must be 18-22 years old, be non-heteronormative in terms of identity, be experiencing non-heteronormative identity distress, have a roommate, have a resident assistant (RA) in their place of living, and have visited their university’s LGBTQ center at least once.

Participation in this research study involves an online survey (about 25 minutes).

Study participants will have to chance to earn one of five $20 Amazon gift cards as compensation for their participation.

To participate, go to: .
Thank you for reading this e-mail and considering participating in this study,
Abby Rainer
M.A. in Communication Science Wake Forest University
Class of May 2015


UT-Austin Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students, Staff, and Faculty: Participate in a Study on Sexual Orientation and Healthcare

You are invited to participate in a study to provide insight about your experiences with healthcare. The short-term goal of the study is to better understand the healthcare experiences of people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). The long-term goal of the study is to reduce health disparities for LGB people living in the United States. You are eligible to participate as long as you are over the age of 18 and identify as LGB. You are welcome to participate if you also identify with other sexual orientations (e.g., pansexual, queer). Trans folks are welcome to participate (as long as you also identify as LGB).

If you decide to participate, you will complete an online survey. At the end of the survey, you can enter to win a $50 prepaid Visa gift card. Your participation will contribute to a better understanding of healthcare for LGB patients. This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Texas at Austin Office of Research Support (IRB study number 2014-05-0115).

Your participation in this study is confidential.

To find out more or sign up to participate, please visit:

About me and the study: My name is Laura Brown, and I am a queer graduate student in Communication Studies. I’m interested in exploring how everyday interactions shape peoples’ experiences in their close personal relationships and in healthcare settings. The broad goal of my research is to work towards reducing health inequities for all people. If you would like to know more about me or my research before you participate, please contact me by email:


UT-Austin LGBTQ Students with Disabilities:

Opportunity to Participate in a Study on the Intersections of Disability, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

I am conducting a study on the intersections of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation among UT-Austin students (undergraduate and graduate). Participants will take part in a confidential interview lasting an hour and a half. If you self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and self-identify as a person with a disability of any kind, please contact me for more information on participating.

The goal of this study is to better understand the intersectional experiences of students with disabilities who identify as LGBTQ. My hope is that the findings of this project will help students, faculty, and staff contribute to a more inclusive campus climate. Participants will receive a summary of the study results and an opportunity to be involved in further phases of the study, if desired. This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Texas at Austin Office of Research Support (IRB study number 2013-07-0046).

Your participation in this study is confidential.

To find out more or sign up to participate, please visit:

About me and the study: My name is Ryan Miller and I work at UT-Austin in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. I am also a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration, with a portfolio in Disability Studies. I’m interested in ways to promote more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible campus cultures in higher education. This study is being conducted at two universities (UT-Austin and the University of North Florida) by a multidisciplinary team of faculty, administrators, and graduate students. I am leading UT’s participation in the study. If you’d like to know more about me or to talk about this project before you decide to participate, please contact me by email: or by phone: 512-471-7295.