Thank you for your interest in taking part in this survey.

Galop is working with Central Bedfordshire Council and Durham University to understand the views on relationships and support held by LGBT+ people in the area. 

We know from studies that have been undertaken in other areas that specialist services can sometimes fail to understand and address LGBT+ issues and this research is about trying to understand the experiences of residents in Central Bedfordshire.

The information from this survey will be used to make recommendations on whether and how changes can be made so that support in Central Bedfordshire is more accessible and effective for LGBT+ individuals.

Taking care

This research has been designed for people over the age of 16 years. Some of the questions cover sensitive issues including emotional, financial, physical and sexual behaviours, sometimes used against family members or partners in intimate adult relationships.

We know this is not an easy subject to think about and have provided links to sources of support throughout the survey.

Please note, most questions are optional. If you do not want to answer a question, skip to the next question.

The survey should take around 15-20 minutes to complete. If you enable cookies you will be able to return to your previously saved answers to complete the survey if you need to take a break or are interrupted.


You can email us at survey@galop.org.uk if you have a question that isn’t answered here.

When does the survey end? The survey is open until 1st September 2020.

Who can fill it in? Anyone living in Central Bedfordshire, who is over the age of 16 and identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual, pansexual, heterosexual (if you’re trans), male, female, non-binary, genderqueer, trans, intersex – or feel the ‘LGBT+’ label fits you – or if you are in a relationship with someone who identifies as any of the above.

Is the survey anonymous? Yes. We won’t share any identifying details about you from the survey. If you give us your contact details, they will be separated from your survey answers and only used to keep you informed about the findings of this research project or future opportunities to participate. We are very strict about confidentiality and anonymity.

If you are at all worried by this, email us your contact details separately.

The responses from this survey will be stored securely with password protection, on a secure drive. Only the researchers working directly on this project will have access to this data.

How will you use my answers? Once the survey closes we will combine everyone’s responses. We will write a report on the overall findings, taking care that no individuals can be identified. This report will be shared with local policy makers to help them to better understand what the needs of local LGBT+ people are, and how they can provide effective support.

Some questions invite you to write to tell us your views. We might quote some of these words when we write our report but we will do so with sensitivity and care. Honouring and respecting your lived experience is very important to us. We will not link your words with any infothat might identify you.

How can I withdraw from the study?

You do not have to answer any questions you do not feel comfortable with. If you do not want to complete the survey you can withdraw by stopping the survey at any time.

Unfortunately, as the survey is anonymous, your responses cannot be withdrawn once you have pressed submit on the survey.
This project is a collaboration between Galop and Durham University, and is funded by Bedfordshire Public Health. The Durham Department of Sociology Ethics Committee has given ethical approval for this study. If you have any concerns about the ethics of this study please contact Professor Catherine Donovan, catherine.donovan@durham.ac.uk
If you have any questions or concerns about the study more generally, please contact: Sarah West, Galop. Email survey@galop.org.uk

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* 1. Clicking on the "agree" button below indicates that: 

• you have read and understood the above information
• you voluntarily agree to participate
• you are at least 16 years of age 

If you do not wish to participate in the research study, please decline participation by clicking on the "disagree" button.

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