Research Request

Hello, my name is Rudie Pamer and I am a postgraduate student in the School of Applied Social Studies at University College Cork conducting a masters thesis about The experiences of young adults when their heterosexual parents ‘Come Out’ as lesbian or gay.”

I am sending this e-mail to you to ask for your support in recruiting participants for my study, which offers participation either through an informal face-to-face interview, filling out an online questionnaire or by taking part in a once of focus group. (Please see below and attached for more information). Participation is open to all male and female individuals aged between 18 to 29 years of age. As an member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, I believe that the results of this study may help promote a better understanding of how young people dealt with their altered family status when their parents come out.


I would really appreciate if you could include the information about my study on your website, forward this email to the people on your listserv, your colleagues, friends, family members and help me spread the word about my study.

If you require more information, please contact me at or on 087-2240400. Alternatively, you can contact my supervisor Ms. Lydia Sapouna, on 021-4903495 or at


Thank you for your time and support.



Research Invitation


My name is Rudie Pamer and I am a postgraduate student in the School of Applied Social Studies at University College Cork. I am looking for volunteers to participate in my masters thesis ‘The experiences of young adults when their heterosexual parents ‘Come Out’ as lesbian or gay.’

Are you aged between 18 and 29 years? Do you have at least one parent who has ‘come out’ as lesbian or gay from a heterosexual identity during your childhood?

If so, you can participate in this study in four ways:

  1. Through an informal face-to-face interview with me lasting for about 40 minute.
  2. Through taking part in a once off focus group of a maximum of six people lasting approximately 90 minutes.
  3. Through filling out an online questionnaire. This should not take longer than 15 minutes. Please follow this link:
  4. If you do not feel like taking part in this study at all, please, tell your friends, colleagues, partner, family members, neighbours etc. about it and pass on this information. Thank you.

Participation is open until the end of May 2012


The benefit of this study is that by exploring this topic and hearing directly from individuals and their experiences it will help us understand how children deal with changing family situations.


For further details or to volunteer, please contact

 Rudie Pamer on 087-2240400 or at


* If you volunteer, you can be assured that all of your information will be completely confidential. This study is supervised by Ms. Lydia Sapouna, who can be contacted on 021-4903495 or at


About the research project

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