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About the Researchers

Be The Change


Dr. Stephen Haas

University of Cincinnati

Take the US LGBTQ+ Couples Relationship Maintenance National Survey Below

Dr. Pamela Lannutti

Widener University

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About the Study

This 5-year survey project aims to explore the relational dynamics of LGBTQ+ couples, strategies for maintenance, and social issues that impact our romantic relationships. The study is being conducted through collaboration of a gay male and lesbian researcher at the University of Cincinnati and Widener University in Philadelphia who have studied LGBTQ+ relationships for 20 years. The study is a national online survey with the goal of increasing public awareness about the relational lives of LGBTQ+ couples in the United States through academic peer-reviewed published research.  

Please click the survey link above if you're in a LGBTQ+ romantic relationship with a partner for 6 months or longer, and are 18 or older.

If this is your first time participating, welcome!
If you took last year's survey, Fantastic! Please take Year 5!

Everyone can complete the survey each year!

Thanks for your help with this important project!!

Our Peer-Reviewed Published
Research from This Project so far...

For More Information Contact Us:


Haas, S. M., & Lannutti, P. J. (2022). The influence of marriage and (non)monogamy agreements on relationship quality in LGBTQ+ relationships (an empirical study). In A. Hoy (Ed.), The Social Science of Same-Sex Marriage: LGBTQ People and Their Relationships in the Era of Marriage Equality (pp. 159-174). London, UK: Routledge. DOI:

Haas, S. M., & Lannutti, P. J. (2021). Relationship maintenance behaviors, resilience, and relational quality in romantic relationships of LGBTQ+ people. Couple & Family Psychology: Research & Practice. Interdisciplinary Special Issue: Risk and Resilience in Sexual and Gender Minority Relationships. Available at the American Psychological Association’s Online First:

Haas, S. M. (2021). Same-sex couple relationship maintenance. In I. N. West (Ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Queer Studies & Communication (pp. 1-19). New York & Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. DOI:

Haas, S. M., & Lannutti, P. J. (2019). The impact of minority stress and social support on positive relationship functioning in same-sex relationships.  Health Communication, 36 (3), 315-323.. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1687130

Our Previous Academic Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lannutti, P. J. & Galupo, M. P. (Eds.) (2019).  The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the LGBTQ Community. New York: Routledge.


Haas, S. M., Perazzo, J., Ruffner, A., & Lyons, M. (2019). Exploring current stereotypes and norms impacting sexual partner HIV-status communication.  Health Communication, 35, 1376-1385. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1636340

Haas, S. M. (2019).  Stigma, heteronormative passing with healthcare providers, and partner health involvement in male same-sex couples.  In J. Theiss & K. Greene (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness (pp. 30-48). Cambridge University Press.

Lannutti, P. J. (2018).  Committed, unmarried same-sex couples and their social networks in the U.S.: Relationships and discursive strategies.  Journal of Homosexuality, 65, 1232-1248. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1411690


Lannutti, P. J. (2018). GLBTQ people who decided to marry after the 2016 U.S. election: Reasons for and meanings of marriage.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14, 85-100. DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2017.1420846

Faulkner, S. L., & Lannutti, P. J. (2016). Representations of lesbian and bisexual women’s sexual and relational health in online video and text-based sources. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 916-921. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.06.039

Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S. (2015). The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples.  Journal of Homosexuality, 62(9), 1241-1263. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1037137.  2017 Monograph of the Year Award conferred by the LGBTQ Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

Lannutti, P. J. (2014).  Experiencing Same-Sex Marriage: Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks.  New York, New York:  Peter Lang.

Lannutti, P. J. (2011).  Security, recognition, and misgivings: Exploring older same-sex couples' experiences of legally recognized same-sex marriage.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28 (1), 64-82.

Haas, S. M. (2008). Social support as relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV/AIDS. In L. C. Lederman (Ed.), Beyond these Walls: Readings in Health Communication (pp. 252-270). New York, Oxford University Press.

Lannutti, P. J. (2007).  The influence of same-sex marriage on the understanding of same-sex relationships.  Journal of Homosexuality, 53(3), 135-151. DOI: 10.1300/J082v53n03_08

Lannutti, P. J. (2006).  Attractions and obstacles while considering legally recognized same-sex marriage.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 4 (2), 244-264. ​DOI:

Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (2005). Maintenance behaviors in same-sex and marital relationships: A matched sample comparison.  Journal of Family Communication, 5(1), 43-60. DOI: ​

Lannutti, P. J. (2005).  For better or worse: Exploring the meanings of same-sex marriage within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22 (1), 5-18. DOI:

Haas, S. M.  (2003).  Relationship maintenance in same-sex couples.  In D. Canary & M. Dainton (Eds.), Maintaining Relationships through Communication:  Relational, Contextual, and Cultural Variations (pp. 209-230). Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Earlbaum.

Haas, S. M.  (2002).  Social support as relationship maintenance in gay male couples coping with HIV. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,19(1), 87-111. Special Issue: Personal and Social Relationships of Individuals Living with HIV. DOI:

Haas, S. M., & Stafford, L. (1998). An initial examination of maintenance behaviors in gay and lesbian relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 15(6), 846-855. DOI:



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