Queer Sexual Joy Project

Researcher bios and how their research backgrounds relate to this study

Dr. JJ Wright (she/they) is the Director of the Queer Sexual Joy Project. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at MacEwan University on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton. Dr. Wright's primary area of research is gender-based violence, sexual health and consent education, and issues impacting 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. As a community-engaged researcher, Dr. Wright works with regional, provincial, and national organizations to advocate for gender justice and to research ways to address gender-based violence that are trauma-informed and community responsive. Her work is informed by a commitment to community-building and creating cultures that are less violent and more just, caring, and connected. Dr. Wright's website: www.jessica-wright.ca

Purpose of this research project

The project investigates how queer and trans joy disrupts the colonial, racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, ableist cultural norms that lead to gender-based violence. The research will help inform education to promote the prevention of gender-based violence.

How this research will help LGBT2SQ people and communities

This project uplifts the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ young adults to highlight what we can learn from queer and trans communities about promoting more mutually pleasurable, less harmful sexual cultures. 2SLGBTQ+ people are positioned in the study as knowledge holders and the positive aspects of their lives will be highlighted which is a sharp contrast to dominant portrayals of 2SGBTQ+ people's narratives and lives.


Survey: Part of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, 18-35, in Canada or the US.
Workshops: art of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, 18-30, in Canada or the US.


$25 for the workshop and there is no compensation for the survey.

Mitigation measures

There is very low risk for emotional discomfort in this study, though workshop participants will still be provided a list of mental health resources.

Promoting the Study

Egale as well as my RAs are reaching out to organizations, and it is being promoted across social media