The SMILE Study

A Study About Mental Health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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What is the SMILE Study?

The SMILE study is a research study to learn about the lives and experiences of people who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities (SGM) in three countries: Brazil, Kenya, and Vietnam. The goal of the research study is to understand more about the lives of people who identify as SGM and any challenges that they and other sexual and gender minorities in their communities may have encountered.

Who are we?

The SMILE research team is multidisciplinary and includes a variety of researchers with complementary backgrounds who have extensive experience working in diverse low- and middle-income country contexts and conducting inclusive research with SGMs. The lead investigators and majority of the team also identify as SGM.

Where is the SMILE Study?




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