Out!Alive moves forward on gambling research

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 1:47pm

To date, little research has been conducted on gambling habits and attitudes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population. Out!Alive hopes to change this, thanks to a grant from Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (formerly the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation) that will allow a better understanding of gambling behaviors within the LGBT community.

“This (funding opportunity) sounded like an ideal opportunity for OUT!Alive to conduct some research to discover if gambling is a problem in our population, and look for ways to bring greater awareness to the issue in our community.” says committee member Angus Campbell of the Halifax Sexual Health Centre.

Out! Alive is composed of citizens and organizations that are concerned about drug, alcohol, tobacco, and gambling issues within the rainbow community. The group meets regularly in Halifax. They will use the grant to conduct online and in-person surveys at various Pride events in 2011, culminating in a report that will be available to the public.

Project Coordinator James Shedden has been hired for the Rainbow Needs Assessment and will organize the many components of the project including promotion, survey development, data gathering and analysis, and he will administer the survey at various events (including Pride events) across Nova Scotia. James has worked with Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services since 2006 undertaking Prevention and Health Promotion initiatives, and has a keen interest in research, addiction issues and the LGBT communities. “I am excited to have the opportunity to learn more about an aspect of LGBT culture that we have heard very little about,” says James. “This needs assessment will provide real information to the community and an opportunity to develop an innovative Nova Scotian response.”

The project will build awareness and promote the survey through community events, online networks and electronically over the coming months.  If you are interested in learning more or participating in the survey, email OutAliveNS@gmail.com or visit Out! Alive on Facebook.  Thanks to our sponsors and community partners for their generous assistance.