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You are invited to take part in research conducted by Coventry University supported by the Government Equalities Office, on people’s experiences of attempts to change sexual orientation or gender identity (often referred to as ‘conversion therapy’) in the UK. Apart of Government Equalities Office’s LGBT Action Plan, the Government has committed to bringing forward proposals to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?

The aim of this research is to improve our understanding of the practice, experience and impact of efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity (conversion therapies) on those who experience them, in order to inform the development of policy options for ending its practice in the UK. 

WHO IS BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART?

We want to hear from people who have first-hand experience of having undergone efforts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity within the UK. This may have taken place in medical, commercial or faith-based contexts. We are particularly keen to hear from those who have undergone such ‘conversion therapies’ within the last 10 years.   

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I APPLY TO TAKE PART? 

If you apply to take part, a member of the research team will be in touch with the aim of arranging a mutually convenient time and place to interview you in person. We have a range of interviewers and want to ensure you feel comfortable, so if you have any specific preference in relation to the kind of person who conducts the interview, please let us know. We want to make sure a variety of people with a range of experiences can take part, so unfortunately we may not be able to interview absolutely all those who apply. If you would prefer, we can interview you over the phone or via video calling (e.g. Skype, FaceTime) insteadYou will be asked questions about your experiences of efforts to change your sexual orientation or gender identity. We are interested in finding out about the circumstances that led to you undergoing a form of conversion therapy, what it consisted of and how it affected you. The interviews will be audio recorded. There are no right or wrong answers as we are interested in your experiences, and you do not have to answer any questions you don’t want toIt is anticipated that the interview may last approximately an hour, however this will depend on how much you wish to share. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?

By sharing your experiences with us, you will be helping the Government to build a better understanding of conversion therapy and the effect it has on people’s lives. This will help the Government in considering the best ways to go about ending the practice of conversion therapy in the UK. To help cover any expenses you might incur in taking part, and as a token of appreciation for your time, each participant will receive a £10 gift voucher.  

ARE THERE ANY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TAKING PART?

The interviews will touch on sensitive personal issues and may involve recalling events which may be distressing. If you feel uncomfortable at any point, please let the interviewer know. You can take a break, end the interview or refuse to answer a question at any time. You are also free to have someone with you during the interview if you wish. You will be given details about sources of information and support should you need it.  

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND? 

You are free to withdraw any data you provide to us for up to two weeks after the interview has taken place. You will be given a copy of this Information Sheet to keep so you are aware of your rights in relation to the research. To retrospectively withdraw after the interview, please contact the lead researcher using the contact details at the end. You do not need to give a reason. A decision to withdraw, or not to take part, will not affect you in any way. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY? 

The results of this study will be summarised in a report produced for publication by the Government Equalities Office. The findings may also be disseminated in peer-reviewed journal articles or presented at conferences. Reporting of findings may include anonymous quotes from interviews, but will never include any details that could be used to identify someone 

MAKING A COMPLAINT 

If you have any concerns about the project, please contact Adam Jowett (adam.jowett@coventry.ac.uk). If you would like to make a complaint you can contact ethics.hls@coventry.ac.uk  

WHO IS ORGANISING THE RESEARCH? 

The research is being conducted by researchers at Coventry University on behalf of the Government Equalities Office. The project is being led by Dr Adam Jowett, Assistant Professor in the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences and conducted with a team of researchers of different genders and sexual orientations at Coventry University. This project has been reviewed and approved by Coventry University’s Health & Life Sciences Ethics and Governance Committee.   

FURTHER INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS 

Principal Investigator: Dr Adam Jowett    adam.jowett@coventry.ac.uk      024 7688 8654