LGBTQ migration, social isolation and distress: Liberation, care and loneliness

Zoe Boden-Stuart, Nick McGlynn, Matt C Smith, Helen Jones, Rita Hirani

Research output: Other contribution


Overview: ‘Pathways between LGBTQ migration, social isolation and mental distress’, is a research project that ran from September 2020 – September 2022. It was a collaboration between researchers from the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender at the University of Brighton and the Brighton-based LGBTQ mental health charity, MindOut. The research was funded by UK Research and Innovation via the Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network, hosted at University College London.
The project aimed to understand the significance of LGBTQ people’s migration histories and how they shape their experiences of mental health, loneliness/belonging and social isolation/inclusion. The project looked at both international and intra-national displacement and relocation, where sexuality and/or gender identity were factors in the move to Brighton. This report presents the findings from this project, which were collected through in-depth interviews and creative methods. These included the participants annotating maps of Brighton and drawing representations of their migratory journeys.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputPDF
PublisherBrighton: University of Brighton
Number of pages48
Place of PublicationBrighton
ISBN (Electronic)9781910172261
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2022 Zoë Boden-Stuart, Nick McGlynn, Matt C. Smith, Helen Jones
and Rita Hirani, except where otherwise noted. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


  • mental health
  • mental distress
  • loneliness
  • Social isolation
  • Lived experience
  • Brighton & Hove


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