Online surveys for BGLT research: Issues and techniques

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Online surveys are becoming increasingly popular for accessing less visible and decentralized populations, including bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender (BGLT) populations. Advances in technology and convenience for the both the researcher and the participant have facilitated this trend. In this paper, we explore issues related to conducting BGLT survey research online, such as making decisions about survey formats, target populations and recruitment, compensation, access, and privacy. We also discuss technical issues related to online surveys and their implications for confidentiality and informed consent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sharon S. Rostosky’s work on this manuscript was partially funded by a 2002 University of Kentucky Summer Faculty Fellowship. The authors would like to thank William Stilwell, PhD, for pushing them in the direction of employing online surveys for their research.


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Survey research
  • Transgender
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology (all)


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