Thursday, September 13, 2007

Would you like to assist in research about gay identity and race?

I received the following request yesterday from Benjamin Donner of Boston, Massachusetts. If you are a biological male who is attracted to other biological males, you can participate in his survey and perhaps help shed light on how our identities as gay men are shaped.

My name is Benjamin Donner and I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. I am currently carrying out my dissertation research on gay identity development
across cultural groups in the United States. I have been consistently impressed with the work carried out by Gay social groups in NC, and thought you might be willing and/or able to help distribute my survey to individuals interested in contributing to cultural equality within the psychological literature.

It is my hope that this research project will shed greater light on those experiences that may be unique to specific cultural groups of gay and bisexual males in the U.S. so that clinicians and organizations are ultimately better equipped to both assist and appreciate our strengths and needs. With that in mind, I would greatly appreciate your distribution of my internet survey to individuals who might be willing to participate. Participants must be biological males, age 18 or over, residents of the United States, and attracted to other biological males. The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. All responses will be entirely anonymous - email and IP addresses will not be requested or even identifiable - and will be kept in the strictest of confidence. If you're willing to share it with others, the survey can be found online at the following link:

Should you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at . I hope you'll choose to help. And of course, thank you for doing the very important work that you do!

Respectfully Yours,

Benjamin Donner, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate
University of Massachusetts, Boston



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