Queer Up Your Work: Adding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Public and Nonprofit Research





LGBTQ, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Research Methods


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual plus (LGBTQIA+) communities are underrepresented in public and nonprofit affairs research. This has led to an incomplete picture of how public and nonprofit organizations can better support LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities. In this article, we discuss how researchers can include the LGBTQIA+ community, why they should care about this community, and the appropriate terminology and distinctions within the LGBTQIA+ community. This article is a call to arms: LGBTQIA+ individuals are an important part of the work in the public and nonprofit sector; and as such the language used to describe their experiences should be supportive and affirming.

Author Biographies

Seth Meyer, Bridgewater State University

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Judith L. Millesen, College of Charleston

Judith L. Millesen is MPA Director and Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the College of Charleston. Her research focuses on nonprofit capacity building with a special interest in board governance and community philanthropy. She received her MPA from the University of Hartford and her PhD in Public Administration from the University at Albany.






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