Letters: Bi & Christian

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This originally appeared in BCN issue 87, September 2007

Hi, my name is Alex Toft – a research student from The University of Nottingham, where I am currently studying for my PhD, which is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). I’m writing to introduce you to my research and to invite you to take part.  In recent years there has been a surge in research into bisexuality, particularly with regards to lifestyle, relationships and politics. However, there has been little research into religion and spirituality in the lives of bisexual men and women.

This ground-breaking research aims to document the stories of Christian bisexual men and women in order to examine 3 important aspects of their lives: spirituality, sexuality and access to/participation in support networks. The research will generate important data to inform the debate on Christianity and bisexuality in particular and sexuality in general. The project will raise the awareness of people towards bisexual Christians, it is an opportunity for you to make sure the bisexual community is heard.

Would you be interested in taking part in this research? This is a chance for you to tell your story, and help to contribute to this important and much needed research.

I would like to emphasize the fact that during the research process and in the dissemination of my research findings, your confidentiality is assured. The research follows strictly the guidelines of the British Sociological Association Ethical Guidelines (see www.britsoc.co.uk/equality/Statement%20Ethical%20Practice). All data collected will be anonymised, so that no participant can be identified at any time.

The research consists of 2 phases – a questionnaire and one-to-one interviews. You may volunteer to take part in both or perhaps just phase 1 of the research.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to take part or require more information. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Alex Toft
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Law and Social Sciences Building
University of Nottingham
University Park

Email: [email protected]