Here’s a unique opportunity to participate in a DOD-funded study to improve the acceptance and integration of LGBT service members, while also earning up to $55 by completing an anonymous, online survey.

The Military Acceptance Project is a joint effort between The University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) to study the experiences and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) active duty service members. This project is one of the first of its kind and is supported by an expert advisory panel composed of leaders in military and LGBT health, including AMPA’s Director of Research and Policy, Dr. Lori Hensic.

Information learned from this project could not come at a more important time, and we are relying on members of the LGBT military community to help us learn as much as possible. We’ll take what we learn directly to the DOD and make recommendations about what they can to do improve the experiences and well-being of LGBT service members. The next step in the project involves an anonymous, online survey examining the well-being, acceptance, and integration of LGBT service members. For this effort to be successful and paint a true picture of LGBT service members’ experiences, we need to reach service members across all ranks and branches of the military.

What can you do to help? Right now, we are looking for active duty service members currently serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force, who identify as LGBT and are willing to take the survey and then share it with other LGBT service members in their networks. The survey is entirely anonymous and confidential; your survey data will never be linked to your name or any other identifying information. In appreciation of the time and effort taken to complete the survey, you’ll receive a $25 Amazon gift card (as long as the survey is completed while off-duty). In addition, you’ll receive a $10 gift card for each person you refer to take the survey (up to three).

If you’d like to participate, you can access the survey here.

You’ll be asked to enter a referral code when you start, please enter: AMPA.

Importantly, please do NOT post information about the study or the survey link to social media sites or list serves. Referrals into the study should only be made by email/text/direct message.

You can contact the research team anytime with any questions at milacceptance2017@gmail.com or (310) 825-9153. You can also learn more about the project here.

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