RCP I - Korean Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Adults' Health Study

  • Study period: June 2016 – February 2017 (Survey period: November to December 2016)

  • Target population: Korean lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults aged 19 or older

  • Survey domain: demographics, socioeconomic status, identity-related information (sexual orientation, gender expression, coming out experience, etc.), social experience (experiences of discrimination and violence, social support, community connectedness, etc.), health status (self-rated health, physical and mental health status, health-related behaviors, etc.)


   The first Rainbow Connection Project (RCP I) is an observational study of Korean lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults assessing social experiences (e.g. social discrimination, violence, or community connectedness) and its association with health status.  RCP I is the first of its kind in Korea and we hope that this study will provide robust scientific evidences to establish laws and policies to promote equality and to improve health and quality of life among LGB individuals in Korea.  Furthermore, we are working with Prof. Ilan H. Meyer at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law to translate three different survey measures from English to Korean (i.e., Internalized Homophobia, Expectation of Rejection, Connectedness to the LGBT Community).

   RCP I is part of the Rainbow Care Project sponsored by the Beautiful Foundation and led by Korea Gay Men's Human Rights Group Chingusai (https://chingusai.net/xe/), which aims to prevent suicide in LGBT community.