What is this research project about?

This project seeks to explore the everyday experiences of those who do not agree with some or all of the changes to sexual and gender rights in the 21st Century in Ireland, the UK and Canada. This includes people who have concerns about, or who object to, recent social and legal changes like same-sex marriage, transgender peoples’ rights to access single sex spaces, gay couples having children, abortion and other developments.

Through this project, we aim to explore the everyday experiences of those who are concerned about legislative, political or social changes in relation to sexualities and sex/gender. We want to hear how policies, laws and other social or political changes impact people and their daily lives.  We will be transparent and respectful in all of our interactions with you (see our ethos page).

Please see our About the Research Project page for more information.

Who can take part?

Initially, we are looking for people who have concerns about, or who object to, same-sex marriage, transgender peoples’ rights to access single sex spaces, gay couples having children, abortion and/or other recent changes to the law in Ireland, the UK and Canada.  Later in the research we will include those who support all recent social and legal changes related to sexual and gender rights.

For this research, we are focusing on those located in Canada, the UK and Ireland.  This is because we are interested in countries where sexual and gender rights have been written into law, and where there is generally a tolerant and accepting attitude to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people’s rights and identities, and/or issues like abortion.

If you do not live in these countries, you cannot participate in interviews or workshops. If you complete the questionnaire, and you live outside of these countries, we may still use your data in line with our privacy policy. However, you are not the focus of the research.  You can be kept up to date with the project by clicking here

If you are supportive of all recent social and legal changes around sexual and gender rights, and would like to participate in the research project, then please click here, where we can let you know about the next phase of the project, which will include experimental workshops.

What will happen to your answers?

This website will collect the answers to the questionnaire, plus any additional comments or feedback that people choose to provide. Interviews will be audio recorded and transcribed.  This is called ‘research data’. When you fill in a questionnaire, the website will also record your email address if you choose to provide it, and IP address. For interviews we also need emails and phone numbers. This is called ‘personal data’. 

Personal details will be separated from questionnaires (after checking for any indication of possible harm to yourself or others) and/or interview responses (unless you choose to be named; see will people know it was me?). Only then will your responses be processed and analysed by the research team. 

We will use your answers to the questionnaire and in interviews to create findings that we will report in different ways. If you give us permission, we may use exactly what you said to evidence the points that we are making. We might also count the number of people who said a particular word or phrase. Your answers will help to provide insight into how legislative, political or social changes in relation to sexualities and sex/gender affect people. They will become part of an important database which will be used to understand how society has transformed and how those who do not agree with changes to sexual and gender rights experience this.  

Please see the privacy policy for full details on how we will store and use the information that you provide. 

Will people know it was me?

On the website, we collect your answers, your IP address and your email if you choose to provide it.  After 14 days, we will take the emails and IP address away from your questionnaire answers. We allow this 14 day period where all data is kept together in order to check for evidence of any harm to yourself or others. If you tell us that you or someone else is at risk of harm we may contact the relevant authorities, explaining to them the information that we have. 

Following the 14 day period, we will remove further identifying details that may be contained in your responses. This might be specific names of people or places, or other specific information that may identify you. The data is then considered ‘de-identified’. However, we will use direct quotes (the exact words that you write or say) in publications and other reports on project findings. People might still recognise you because of the stories you tell or the way that you speak.

For interviews, you can choose to use your real name if you want to. However, identifying information about you (for example where you live or work) will not be used in any reports of the research or in any publications that draw on the research. The only exception to this is where you ask us to use your real name.  

Please see the privacy policy for full details of how we de-identify what you tell us and interview information consent forms for details about the interview data. 

Do I have to take part?

No, and no one should make you do so.  Your participation in this research is voluntary.

On the website, you are free to close the browser window at any time. Questionnaire data, once submitted cannot be removed after 14 days. This is because we will have separated your responses from your name and other personal information, and therefore will not be able to identify whose questionnaire responses belong to whom. Contact us here: beyondopposition@ucd.ie for details. 

If you do not want to be involved with interviews, you are free to ignore or decline any request for an interview. If you decide to be interviewed but change your mind, you are free to decline to meet with us at any point. If you decide to be interviewed, you do not have to answer any question you do not wish to. You can withdraw your data up until the point that we have destroyed your personal data, and/or the research has been published. See our privacy policy for full details.

Who is conducting this research?

This research is being run by Prof. Kath Browne at University College Dublin with Prof. Catherine J. Nash at Brock University acting as the Canadian supervisor. There are two postdoctoral researchers collecting and analysing the data, and two postgraduate students. For more information on our research team, please see  About the Researchers.

Is this project affiliated with any religious groups, organisations, or sects?


Is this project affiliated with any political institutions, organisations, or parties?


Is this project affiliated with a university?

Yes, the project is affiliated with the University College Dublin (Ireland) and Brock University (Canada).

How is this project funded?

Funding for this project was provided by the European Research Council. Project name: BeyondOpposition: Opposing Sexual and Gender Rights and Equalities: Transforming Everyday Spaces. Funding Number: 817897.

Still have some questions?

If you have any questions about the research, you can contact Professor Kath Browne at School of Geography, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Her telephone number is +353 1 7168134 and her email address is kath.browne@ucd.ie.

What if I have a complaint?

If you are unhappy about something, we would like to hear about it and see if we can help.  Please contact us on beyondopposition@ucd.ie.

If, during your participation in this study, you feel the information and guidelines that you were given have been neglected or disregarded in any way, or if you are unhappy about your experience of the research process, please contact the Secretary of the University College Dublin Ethics Committee at research.ethics@ucd.ie.

Who is your Data Protection Controller/Officer?

The joint Data Controllers for this research project are University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland, and Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

A data protection officer is responsible for overseeing a company’s data protection strategy and ensuring compliance with GDPR. University College Dublin’s Data Protection officer can be contacted at data.protection@ucd.ie or gdpr@ucd.ie

University College Dublin Data Privacy policies can be found at http://www.ucd.ie/gdpr/policiesprocedures/.