CHICAGO, Ill. — Amanda Steward, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois is seeking lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*s and/or queer-identified women who currently reside in rural America.

Volunteers will participate in confidential, individual in-depth interviews lasting from one to three hours during an exploration of experiences of LGBTQ women in rural settings. The research will challenge assumptions that are often made about rural living and will explore how rural queer women construct their identities and explore their sexuality with these spaces, Steward shared.

Participants must be between 25-65, live in rural area (less than 50,000 population) and more than one hour from a major city (200,000 or more population). Interviews will take place at the interviewee’s site of choice. No compensation is awarded for participation.


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