Out in Public

Impacts of street harassment and other forms of public gender-based violence on the mental health and well-being of young 2SLGBTQI+ people in Canada

Wisdom2Action (W2A) has partnered with Simon Fraser University (SFU) to conduct a study to gain knowledge and understanding about the mental health impacts of public gender-based violence (GBV) against 2SGBTQI+ (2Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, plus other sexual and gender minorities) youth. This study is made possible thanks to the generous funding of the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

About the Focus Groups & Interviews

Currently accepting sign ups for interviews, focus group dates to come.

Focus groups will have a maximum of 8 youth per session, therefore only those who receive email confirmation of their participation will be able to take part in the focus group and/or interview. Focus groups will take up to 90-120 minutes and interviews will last up to 60 minutes. Both interviews and focus groups will be held over Zoom and will be both recorded and later transcribed.

Focus groups and interviews will include questions about lived experiences of GBV (including questions about your gender identity and expression, sexuality, age, and other factors related to your lived experiences), as well as actionable solutions to better protect or support 2SLGBTQI+ youth experiencing street harassment and other forms of public GBV.

Focus groups have been created to centre on the experiences of specific identities. We acknowledge that many may find that they fall into several of the focus group listed so we encourage people to register for any of the focus groups that they identify with. Participants in both the focus groups and interviews will be compensated for their time through an honorarium.

What will happen with your data?

Data collected from focus groups will be anonymized and any identifying information collected during the study (including zoom recordings and transcription) will be kept confidential and will be securely held using SFU’s information system. Your data will be used to inform a final report for this study and will be widely shared through social media and conferences to highlight the issue of public GBV against 2SLGBTQI+ youth and how it can be addressed.

Ultimately your data will help fill the gap in knowledge about public GBV against 2SLGBTQI+ youth and in turn can be used to inform services and resources aimed at supporting 2SLGBTQI+ youth experiencing GBV.

Are there any risks associated with participating?

This is a low-risk study, however content matter discussed in focus groups may be triggering and/or traumatizing (a list of mental health and wellness resources will be shared with participants prior to the focus groups/interviews). There is also the risk of anonymity being broken as researchers will have a legal duty to report any information of abuse shared by a minor (anyone under the age of 18). This includes: abuse of a minor and/or actionable intent to hurt yourself or others. If this were to happen the Out in Public research team will ensure that you are aware of the process and procedure of this.

How to sign up:

If you would like to register to participate in a focus group or interview please fill out the form below. Please note that due to the limited number of spots available in each focus group, registration does not guarantee participation and only those who receive emails to confirm their inclusion will be able to participate.

Prospective participants who complete the registration form will be contacted to arrange a phone or Zoom meeting where they will be asked to meet for a pre-participation conversation to ensure that they meet criteria for specific focus groups.

*Responses to this registration form will be kept confidential and will only be accessed by members of W2A.

If there are any questions or concerns about this study, focus groups or interviews, please send an email to marissa@wisdom2action.org

Interview Registration Form

(Please note that this study is meant for youth (16-24) who self-identify as 2SLBTQI+ and have experienced public GBV)

(Please note that this study is meant for youth (16-24) who self-identify as 2SLBTQI+ and have experienced public GBV)

*We define GBV as any violence perpetrated against someone based on their gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender.

(Please note that this study is meant for youth (16-24) who self-identify as 2SLBTQI+ and have experienced public GBV)

(Please note: this application is intended for 2SLGBTQ+ youth (aged 16-24) living in Canada)

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our work.