Exploring current themes in research on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations

William Meezan, James I. Martin

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This introductory essay briefly describes each of the manuscripts in this volume. It then delineates and describes themes that cut across these works. These themes include: the usefulness of the ecological framework for research with GLBT populations; the necessity for greater complexity in the conceptualization of research with these populations; the need for more inclusive and representative samples; the need to protect GLBT research participants and ways in which this can be accomplished; the usefulness and importance of using inclusive research methods; the advantages and limitations of the insider perspective when conducting research on GLBT populations; and ways in which research with these populations can be used. It concludes with a call for research that addresses the difficult and potentially controversial issues facing GLBT populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2003


  • Ecological framework
  • GLBT populations
  • Insider perspective
  • Participatory research
  • Protection of subjects
  • Research
  • Sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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