Researching for LGBTQ Health

Defining Community for LGBTQ People with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder

This is a longitudinal, mixed-methods study exploring the experiences, beliefs, behaviors, and places that constitute community participation for LGBTQ2S+ people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychosis.


Sexual and gender minority individuals with mental health concerns are amongst the most marginalized individuals in North American society. They face high levels of stigma as a function of their being a sexual or gender minority and their having mental health concerns. Many also face discrimination in consumer-survivor and LGBTQ2S+-positive contexts where individuals with a single primary stigmatized identity might find social refuge. The challenges that these individuals experience are exacerbated by a lack of attention in research and clinical commentaries. It is a paucity of research that has persisted despite (i) estimates of up to a half a million LGBTQ2S+ persons with mental health concerns in the United States, (ii) 25 years of repeated calls for inquiry in the area and, (iii) a large body of research highlighting the mental and physical health disparities of sexual and gender minority persons.

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Team Members:

  • Sean Kidd
  • Meg Howison
  • Merrick Pilling
  • Lori Ross (Co-Investigator)

Main Contact:

Sean Kidd (

Funding Source:

National Institute of Mental Health (US)

Project Outcomes: