Center for LGBTQ+ Research and Advocacy

Center for LGBTQ+ Research and Advocacy

The Center, housed in the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, will put Kansas on the map as a hub for research, advocacy, community engagement, education, and
scholarship focused on the experiences of sexually and gender diverse populations.

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Megan Paceley

“We put advocacy in the title because we wanted our research to do more than just sit there. We wanted to be able to use our research to promote social change and improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people. It’s exciting.”


Megan Paceley, PhD
Associate Professor
Sarah Jen presentation for Red Hot Research regarding aging and gender/sexuality

Unique & Collaborative

The Center will have a broad scope and will connect experts in a wide array of fields to work together in new ways to advance scholarship and research

Center for LGBTQ+ Research & Advocacy Debuted Summer 2021

Kicking off its debut with the 11th Annual LGBTQ Research Symposium, which moved from the University of Illinois to the University of Kansas. This symposium provides researchers an opportunity to present their work, discuss challenges and opportunities, and network with others conducting LGBTQ+ research across disciplines.

LGBTQ Research Symposium Stats

38
presentations over two days
21
panel discussions six roundtables
112
speakers, two networking events, 10 CEUs offered

June 3-4, 2021

The annual LGBTQ Research Symposium is moving to KU in 2021 as a virtual symposium June 3-4, 2021.
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Recent Publications

  • Jen, S., Stewart, D., & Woody, I. (2020). Serving LGBTQ+/SGL elders during the novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic: Striving for justice, recognizing resilience. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 63(6-7), 607-610.

  • Paceley, M., Goffnett, J., Sattler, P., & Jen, S. (2020). “It feels like home”: Transgender youth in the Midwest and conceptualizations of community climate. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(6), 1863-1881.

  • Jen, S., & Paceley, M. (in press). Capturing queer and trans lives and identities: The promise of research poems to inform stigma research. Stigma and Health.

  • McGeough, B. L., & Cohen, N. (in press). A Systematic Review of Depression and Anxiety Interventions for Sexual Minority Women. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

  • McGeough, B. L., Karriker-Jaffe, K., & Zemore, S. (2021). Rates and Predictors of Alcoholics Anonymous Attendance across Sexual Orientations. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

  • McGeough, B. L., Obedin-Maliver, J., Lunn, M., Lubensky, M., & Flentje, A. (n.d.). Understanding Co-Occurring Depression Symptoms and Alcohol Use Symptoms among Cisgender Sexual Minority Women. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

  • McGeough, B. L. (2020). An Analysis of Statewide Anti-Bullying Laws Employing the Iowa Safe Schools Law as a Case Study. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

  • Rand, J., & Paceley, M. S. (in press). Exploring the lived experiences of rural Minnesota LGBTQ+ youth: Navigating identity and authenticity within school and community contexts. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

  • Paceley, M. S., Kattari, S. K., Ramseyer Winter, V., Jackson Levin, N., Banks, A., Bauerband, L., & Harper, D. M. (in press). Interdisciplinary, inclusive, and innovative: Promoting a paradigmatic shift in transgender youth cancer research. Annals of LGBTQ Public & Population Health.

  • Paceley, M. S., Greenwood, E., Dikitsas, Z. A., Fish, J. N., McInroy, L. B., Riquino, M., & Henderson, S. B. (in press). “They make these laws to put us back in our place”: A found poem on the trauma, hope, and resilience of transgender and gender diverse youth and discriminatory policies. Qualitative Inquiry.

  • Jen, S. R., & Paceley, M. S. (in press). Capturing Queer and Trans Lives and Identities: The Promise of Research Poems to Inform Stigma Research. Stigma & Health, 6(1), 62-69.

  • Paceley, M. S., Okrey-Anderson, S., Fish, J. N., & McInroy, L. (2021). Beyond a shared experience: Queer and trans youth navigating COVID-19. Qualitative Social Work, 20(1-2), 97-104.

  • Withey-Rila, C., Schwartz, J. J., Alexander, L. M., & Paceley, M. S. (2020). Trans/Nonbinary Sexualities and Prioritizing Pleasure. In S. K. Kattari, M. K. Kinney, L. Kattari, & N. E. Walls, Social Work and Health Care with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities (pp. 227-241). New York: Routledge.

  • Paceley, M. S. (2020). Youth-based gender, sexuality, and race equity work in schools. In C. Mayo, Oxford Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality in Education. New York: Oxford.

  • Paceley, M., Goffnett, J., Sanders, L., & Gadd-Nelson, J. (in press). "Sometimes you get married on Facebook": The use of social media among nonmetropolitan sexual and gender minority youth. Journal of Homosexuality.

  • Goffnett, J., & Paceley, M. S. (2020). Challenges, pride, and connection: A qualitative exploration of advice transgender youth have for other transgender youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 32(3), 328-353.

  • Fish, J. N., McInroy, L., Paceley, M. S., Williams, N. D., Henderson, S., Levine, D., & Edsell, R. (2020). “I'm kinda stuck at home with unsupportive parents right now”: Online support groups and LGBTQ youths' experiences of COVID-19. Journal of Adolescent Health, 67(3), 450-452.

  • Paceley, M. S., Sattler, P., Goffnett, J., & Jen, S. (2020). “It feels like home”: Transgender youth in the Midwest and conceptualizations of community climate. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(6), 1863-1881.

2020-21 Research Impact Talks

Supporting Equitable Health Achievements of LGBTQ+Elders: Translating Research to Practice

Supporting Equitable Health Achievements of LGBTQ+Elders: Translating Research to Practice

held April 2021 with presenter Sarah Jen, PhD and respondent Adrianne Kunkel, professor, KU Communication Studies p
Clinical & Mutual Aid Interventions for Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Community

Clinical & Mutual Aid Interventions for Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Community

held February 2021 with presenter Briana McGeough, PhD and respondent Katie Batza, associate professor, KU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Queer(ing) Communities to Promote Justice & Equity for Trans Youth

Queer(ing) Communities to Promote Justice & Equity for Trans Youth

held November 2020 with presenter Megan Paceley, PhD and respondent Kyle Velte, associate professor, KU Law School
Queer & Trans Youth Perspectives in Self-harm Research

Queer & Trans Youth Perspectives in Self-harm Research

held September 2020 with presenter Michael Riquino, PhD and respondent Kim Warren, associate dean for DEI, KU School of Social Welfare

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