LGBTQ Family Life Project

The LGBTQ Family Life Project’s mission is to promote inclusion and equality for LGBTQ individuals and families through scholarly research and public policy advocacy.

Our Goals

  • To conduct important research on national issues that affect the lives of sexual and gender minorities, including parenting, child custody, adoption, school safety, employment, housing, and family dynamics
  • To inform U.S. public opinion by disseminating research and supporting new policies/legislation that advance inclusion and equality
  • To advocate to the U.S. court system by filing amicus briefs in high profile court cases to protect and advance LGBTQ rights
  • To identify barriers to progress, ensure the voices of LGBTQ are heard by policymakers, and advance the promise of equality for all
  • To train professionals who interact with the LGBTQ community so that these professionals –such as medical professionals, lawyers, judges, law enforcement, and others — are better able to provide services to the LGBTQ community.

The LGBTQ Family Life Project Team

image2The LGBTQ Family Life Project is a component of the Florida State University Institute for Family Violence Studies in the College of Social Work. Faculty and students from FSU’s College of Law and College of Medicine also contribute to research and policy development.



Workplace experiences of gay and lesbian criminal justice officers in the United States: a qualitative investigation of officers attending a LGBT law enforcement conference

Test to Identify and Remedy Anti-Gay Bias in Child Custody Decisions After Obergefell

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Data Set: High school student attitudes about violence against transgender individuals: A review of online U.S. student newspapers


Data Set: Three year review of Seventeen and Teen Vogue: Articles about Transgender issues



Resources & Expert Advice for LGBTQ College Students

Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students

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