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My name is Natalie Sergent, and I am a doctoral student in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. I am conducting a research study to examine the relationships between body image, body mass index (BMI), and sexual functioning in the lesbian community, under the supervision of my advisor, Dr. Nicole M. Taylor. It is our hope that the current study will aid us in gaining a better understanding of how the relationships between these variables within the lesbian community will compare to results already established for the heterosexual female population.

Your participation is essential to achieving the goal of this study, so we hope that you will take part in our study. Your participation should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. All answers will be recorded anonymously through the online software. After completion of the survey, you can enter to win one of four $25 Amazon.com gift cards for your participation.

In order to participate, you must be a female or male-to-female transgender individual who identifies as “lesbian” or “gay,” be age 18 or older, and have had at least one episode of sexual contact (defined as: The intentional touching of another person’s intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of another person’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification) with a woman in either the past and/or present. Participants do not have to be in a sexual relationship at the time of survey completion. If you would like to participate in the study, please click on the link below and you will be directed to the online survey:


*After clicking the link, you must enter the survey password, “study”, in order to complete the survey*

Thank you very much in advance for your time! Please feel free to pass this link on to other people who might be eligible. Your help in recruiting participants is greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact my advisor at ntaylor@uindy.edu. This research has been approved by the University of Indianapolis Institutional Review Board (Study #0587).


Natalie Sergent, M.A. Nicole M. Taylor, Ph.D., HSPP
Doctoral Student Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology University of Indianapolis University of Indianapolis