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Are you a femboy?
We would like to hear from you.


There are lots of different kinds of LGBTQ+ people, and some of them have been very poorly represented in research.

No-one has tried yet to help the community gain a good understanding of who femboys are, and how folks come to identify that way.

Our study aims to do that by providing a safe and confidential space to centre femboy voices.

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Who can participate?

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • use the term “femboy” to describe yourself (or have used it in the past)
  • are 18 or older
  • live in the UK
  • can communicate fluently in English

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What is the study about?

Society is becoming more aware of how different people experience and express their gender in different ways, but there is still a lot of misunderstanding and confusion.

We want this project to help people understand what it is like to be a femboy not from second-hand stereotypes but from the first-hand experience of people who identify this way.

We wanted to centre the voices of femboys to tell stories in their own terms, because we believe that being heard is a very important part of being understood and accepted.

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How is the study going to be conducted?

We are using a participatory research method called Photovoice, where participants tell their experiences not just in words, but also by collecting and creating images.

In this project that would mean images that help them say something about what it means to be a femboy and to tell the story of how they learned that about themselves.

Participation also involves two 1-hour online meetings for briefing and discussion.

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How are participants going to be compensated?

We want to recognise the time and effort people invest when taking part in research. Participants will receive £30 in compensation once the project is complete.

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Who is conducting this research?

We are a team of researchers at Oxford Brookes University and Lancaster University.

Dr Alon Lischinsky (they/them) is a linguist who studies how people talk about sexuality, sexual identity and gender.

Dr Dalila Missero (she/her) is a film scholar who studies how people use media to help form their cultural identity and memory.

Dr Carmel Capewell (she/her) is a psychologist who specialises in developing innovative approaches to make research more inclusive.

The project has been approved by the Oxford Brookes University Research Ethics Committee (Registration 221602).

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How to get more information

If you have any questions about taking part in the study, the answers may be in the participant information sheet.

If you want to learn more about the standpoint that the project is starting from and the principles that inspire it, you can read about them in our positionality statement.

You can also get in touch with Alon by email at or by phone at +44 1865 488739.

If you have any concerns about the way the study is being conducted, you can get directly in touch with the Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee at

How to take part

If you want to take part in the study, please get in touch with Alon by email at or by phone at +44 1865 488739.