Be part of the study

Do you take drugs or medications to change your experience of sex or gender?

If so, we would like to speak to you.

We are seeking people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) experience to participate in a new research project. The study is a joint project of the University of Sydney, Monash University and the University of New South Wales.

The study is open to anyone with LGBTQ experience living in Sydney or Melbourne.

What is the study about?

The study explores drug consumption practices among sexual and gender minorities. We are including a broad range of drugs in the scope of the study—for example, illicit drugs, prescription pharmaceuticals, steroids, hormones and antiretrovirals. The study will explore which drugs are consumed, their effects on sexual or gender performance, and the strategies people use to minimise possible harms and maximise positive effects.

The study might be a good fit for you if you take drugs to:

enhance or transform any aspects of sexual or gender experience, e.g. to enhance sexual pleasure, optimise sexual performance, modify the body (e.g. build muscle, change body shape); AND/OR
transition or change aspects of your gender.

What does taking part in the study involve?

If you decide to take part you will participate in a confidential face-to-face interview. You will be asked about:

your drug consumption practices
the social and relationship contexts in which you take drugs
your experiences related to gender and sexual identity

The interview will be conducted at a time and place that suits you. It will take approximately 1–1.5 hours. The interview will be audio recorded and transcribed, and all identifying information will be removed from the transcript.

Will I be paid to take part?

You will be reimbursed for your participation.

How do I sign up?

For more information or to take part, please contact:

Dean Murphy (for Sydney participants) on 02 8627 5890 or at

Kiran Pienaar (for Melbourne participants) on 03 9903 4776 or at

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