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Research at Egale Canada

The Research Department at Egale Canada engages in community-based research in a wide array of interdisciplinary fields as well as dynamic research topics that reflect the local lived realities of 2SLGBTQI communities in Canada and internationally. Our mandate is to conduct research that:  

  • Amplifies often underrepresented perspectives and experiences
  • Challenges dominant discourses and advances critical conversations
  • Engages communities and builds capacity
  • Produces evidence to inform policy changes
  • Positively impacts 2SLGBTQI people and communities

Research Philosophy

Our research is community-directed, community-focused, critical, and dedicated to furthering social justice. We pursue research that addresses core questions and issues faced by 2SLGBTQI communities, recognizing commonalities, coalitions, frictions, and intersecting and layered identities and experiences.

We understand research as a process and practice that can amplify underrepresented perspectives and challenge dominant discourses. We pursue research that can build upon and spark critical conversations, impact policy development and decision-making, and inform community-led initiatives.

Research Areas

The Research Department pursues primary and secondary research that relates to myriad aspects of 2SLGBTQI lives across the life course. The focus of our research activities is diverse and includes such topics as school inclusion and inclusive education, employment and workplace inclusion, gender-based violence, aging issues, health and wellbeing, healthcare access and equity, and intersex rights and issues.

Inclusive Schools

Aging Issues

Employment & Workplaces

Health & Wellbeing

Gender-Based Violence

Intersex Rights

Research at Egale involves close collaborations with community- and university-based partners and is supported by a range of funders.

Meet Egale Canada’s Research Team

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Brittany Jakubiec, PhD

they/them | Director of Research 

About Brittany Jakubiec

Brittany is a qualitative and educational researcher based in Epetwitk (Prince Edward Island) whose research focuses on experiences of LGBTQ youth, and questions of gender and sexuality, identity, and educational experiences. Brittany completed a PhD in educational studies and an MEd in educational leadership from the University of Prince Edward Island. Brittany brings multi-sectoral experience to their director role, including experience in non-profit leadership, higher education teaching, and academic research. At Egale, Brittany’s current research and work focuses on 2SLGBTQI health and employment. 

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Félix Desmeules-Trudel, PhD 

he/him-il/lui | Senior Research Officer 

About Félix Desmeules-Trudel

Félix is a quantitative researcher. His work focuses on the intersection of humanities, social science and quantitative methods. He completed graduate studies (PhD 2018, University of Ottawa) and postdoctoral fellowships at several institutions in Canada. His expertise includes laboratory studies, surveys, and statistical analyses in social science. He has participated in EDID initiatives in academia and the workplace and volunteered at organizations dedicated to 2SLGBTQI issues. Félix’s work at Egale includes support, collaboration with the research team, and development of quantitative designs, data collection and analysis. 

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Kim Seida, PhD(c) 

she/elle | Senior Research Officer  

About Kim Seida

Kim is a qualitative researcher and PhD Candidate in Sociology at McGill University. Her dissertation explores the healthcare experiences, resilience strategies, and community-building efforts of sexual minority womxn in Canada. She has expertise in qualitative research methodologies (e.g., grounded theory, narrative research); critical media studies; and the sociology of health, illness, and medicine. Kim’s most recent work has focused on unpacking understandings of mental health recovery, social inclusion for folks living with disabilities, and Indigenous youth leadership. At Egale, Kim’s work is largely focused on addressing 2SLGBTQI mental health disparities and highlighting healthcare access issues.  

Gazel Manuel, PhD(c), MA

she/they | Research Officer

About Gazel Manuel

Gazel is a qualitative researcher based in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg). She completed her BA Honours in Sociology at the University of Winnipeg and MA in Sociology at Carleton University and is currently a PhD student in Sociology at Carleton University. Gazel has over a decade of interdisciplinary research experience working on projects related to public health, social entrepreneurship, and critical disability studies. Her current doctoral research examines ethnic entrepreneurship practices among Gen Z and Millennial Filipinx-Canadians. At Egale, Gazel’s research focuses on 2SLGBTQI inclusion and diversity initiatives within the context of small and medium enterprises and not-for-profit organizations.

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Noah Rodomar, MA

he/him | Research Officer

About Noah Rodomar

Noah is a qualitative researcher based on unceded Anishinaabe Algonquin land (Ottawa). He received his BA Combined Honours in Film Studies and Gender Studies at Carleton University and continued there to earn his MA in Gender Studies. Noah has experience in qualitative research methods including interviewing, autotheory, and discourse analysis. His primary research interests focus on queer and trans theory, sexuality and kink, critical media studies, and the role of art and education in activism. Noah’s work at Egale currently focuses on trans and gender diverse experiences in a variety of contexts, including employment, families, and post-secondary institutions.

Joanne Nguyen

she/they | Research Assistant

About Joanna Nguyen

Joanne is currently a fourth-year social work student at Toronto Metropolitan University who is hoping to obtain her master’s in social work after finishing her degree. Her primary research interests are the healthcare experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ people and the mental health in 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Canada. At Egale, Joanne’s work includes collaboration and support.

Sofia Camacho

she/her | Research Assitant

About Sofia Camacho

Sofia is currently a third-year social work student at Toronto Metropolitan University located on the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. She hopes to complete a double minor in Disability Studies and 2SLGBTQI+ Studies, as well as obtain a Master’s in Social Work. Her primary research interests at Egale include the lived experiences of 2SLGBTQI+ families and youth.

Contact Egale Canada’s Research Team

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