Celebrating Pride Month with PRIM&R: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Equity in Human Subjects Research

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the diverse identities and experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community. At PRIM&R, we are dedicated to advancing ethical research practices that include and uplift all communities. Our commitment drives us to recognize and address the disparities faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals and ensure research representation throughout the scientific enterprise. 

PRIM&R’s learning module, “LGBTQIA+ Equity in Human Subjects Research Review: Acknowledging the Whole Research Participant,” focuses on LGBTQIA+ equity in human subjects research. This innovative learning module is available to anyone either as a standalone learning opportunity or as a supplementary module for EROC institutional subscribers. It offers an effective self-paced learning experience for HRPP/IRB personnel and those working in research programs more broadly, including HRPP/IRB directors, members, chairs, researchers, and research staff. 

In this module, PRIM&R is pleased to have Amy Ben-Arieh, JD, MPH explain LGBTQIA+ health disparities and the importance of leveraging community strengths. Participants will explore how inclusive research data collection methods and pragmatic strategies for IRBs can adopt a more equitable lens in research ethics review. The module will cover commonly used acronyms and terms, the importance of sex, gender, and sexuality as health variables, and describe inclusive research data collection methods and strategies for reviewing biomedical and social/behavioral research studies. 

Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to promote inclusive and ethical research practices that respect and protect the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. By engaging with PRIM&R’s learning module, you can help foster a more equitable human subjects research environment.