MRSpride, the MRS network for LGBTQ+ professionals and allies working in research, insight and data analytics, is putting out an open call for projects that have amplified the voices of LGBTQ+ communities to showcase at future events and for the MRSpride Award for Inclusive Research.

“When we launched MRSpride two years ago, our main driver was to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ researchers to meet,” says Michael Brown, who founded and chairs the network alongside his day job as Partner, Cross-Culture & Insight at media agency UM. “We quickly realised that providing a platform to highlight the unique ways the research sector could share the stories of our communities was just as important. I was amazed that we were the first group in the world to do this.”

“Since then I’ve been delighted to see the formation of Out in Research in the States, but MRSpride is still trailblazing with our Inclusive Research Award, the world’s first trans insight summit and, coming soon, an LGBT Census produced with our counterparts for the ad industry, OUTvertising, and principal sponsor YouGov.”

“The pandemic compelling us to move our events online actually increased our reach. We’ve had people from the US and Canada join, as well as Brazil, Malaysia, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland! Now I want us to truly start showcasing the insight being gained into our communities internationally.”

John Bizzell, MRS Events & Awards Manager who has worked with Michael to develop MRSpride from the beginning, says: “Contributing to one of our events is a great way to get queer research in front of queer researchers – our virtual broadcasts attract hundreds of live viewers and hundreds more watch on demand via the MRS video library.”

“The MRSpride Award for Inclusive Research is also an unparalleled opportunity to get recognition for the work you’ve done and the clients brave enough to commission it. Last year’s finalists included incredible home-grown stories from DIVA magazine, Twitter and Independent Age, but I know the judges would love to see how research is helping advance the understanding of culturally and socially diverse, marginalised or minority communities in other countries too.”

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