T Q&A with Jack Simons


Tucson Weekly
By Natalia Navarro
February 25, 2016

Jack Simons is a researcher involved in the Tucson branch of the federally funded Generations Study, a long term investigation into the experiences of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Simons and collegues have interviewed more than 50 Tucsonans and they are looking for more. Similar interviews are being conducted by Generations Study researchers in San Francisco, New York, and Austin, Texas. Simons also works as a school counselor at Esperero Canyon Middle School.


What is the goal of the study?

I think it is important to know that this is advocacy based research so the aim is to improve policy and also to develop an understanding of how intersections of identity have played into who they are.  Also, we hope to highlight the need for more support within the healthcare field for the sexual minority communities as well. It's really about making systemic changes that will benefit the LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) communities.

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