I don’t like snow and I don’t like cold, so you may be wondering about the title of this post…. It’s a call to action.
Calling all babydykes, mohos and transy –
doesn’t matter if your butchy, femmey, or a pansy –
If you’re gay and between the ages of eighteen and twenty-eight
Whether or not you have a mate (or even a date)
The closet doesn’t matter, whether your “out” or “in.”
She won’t tell your school, your church, nor your kin
She wants your story. She thinks it will be fun.
But most of all, I want her to be done.
Kim just got IRB approval to start her research and they approved a “snowball sample” method which means that Kim is posting her “call for participants” on Facebook and e-mailing folks and essentially trying to get the word out. The best part…… Once she sends it, I can do with it what I want. I can also Facebook it. Blog it. Turn it into a bad rhyming poem. Shout it from the rooftops! Whatever.
So here goes. Since I really want to Kim to be done with school in May so I can go forth and prosper in law school, I figure it is in my best interest to facilitate her completion the best I can. And since, I am in no way equipped to write a dissertation, I will do the next best thing, give her free advertising.
So if you are LGBTQ 18 – 28 years old, grew up in and currently live in Utah, Kim would love to have you as a participant. And I would consider it a personal favor. If interested/qualified…read on.
I am trying to learn more about the relationship between mentoring and social networks for LGBT/Queer youth who grew up and came out in Utah. I am writing to you to extend an invitation to participate in this study and also in hopes that you can refer other possible participants who would be willing to contribute to this research. (You might be too old? But even if you are, I’m sure you know people who aren’t.) I am pulling together a group of 10-12 LGBT/Queer people between the ages of 18-28 who grew up, and still live, in Utah. The members of this group will participate in a series of four focus group sessions that will last about 2 hours each. I will also meet with each group member for an hour-long individual interview after the focus group sessions are completed.
I hope to share the information I gain through this research project with people and organizations dedicated to working with, supporting, and advocating for LGBT/Queer youth. My goal is to provide information about the experiences LGBT/Queer youth in Utah have had with mentors and social networks, especially in regard to coming out and developing LGBT/Queer identities. In doing so, I will provide suggestions for better meeting the needs and wants of LGBT/Queer youth in Utah through formal and informal mentoring and social networks.
If you think you might be interested you can either call me at 801-879-6209, respond to this email, or email me off of facebook and we can discuss questions you might have and details regarding the process of the study and your schedule so that I can begin to schedule the focus group sessions. In the meantime, if you have any questions for me about the study, or my background please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment or by calling me at 801-879-6209.
The study will be done primarily through focus groups and will be interactive and pretty fun – lots of story telling! I graduate in May so it’s my goal to get as much data collected before the new year as possible. I know this time of year can be hectic, but I am confident that participating will be worth the time, and I’ll work with all of the participants to schedule our four focus group sessions at the time that works the best for them as a group.
I’m looking forward to talking with you, and learning from your experiences and ideas. If you know people who you think would like to contribute to this study, please share this information with them and encourage them to contact me. Thank you.
In peace ~ Kim