LGBTQI+ Stroke Victims & Partners’ Research Seeks Transgender Patients As Well, To Interview For the Study; Part II of Kokay’s Project Coming Out on Pride MonthBy: Chris Gilmore/TRT Reporter—A Ph.
D. candidate at the University of Sydney is recruiting respondents for an international study that is exploring the impact of stroke on sexuality in LGBTQI+ stroke survivors and their partners.
Although based out of Australia, the study also seeks to recruit Americans who meet the criteria for it.A full-time hospital Social Worker, William Kokay (He/Him), specializes in rehabilitation and most of his clients have suffered a stroke.
Through working with stroke survivors, Kokay has found that resources and rehabilitation approaches are heteronormative in nature and often leave people who are LGBTIQ+ and their partners particularly vulnerable, thus needing to educate themselves on sexual issues they may face.“Sexuality is integral to wellbeing and confidence, and yet there is currently no research on how stroke impacts members of the LGBTIQ+ community,” Kokay explained via e-mail. “My research aims to explore how sexuality is experienced by LGBTQI+ persons and their partners following [a] stroke.