CARAS Support for the National LGBTQ Task Force 2018 Leather Leadership Award for Durk Dehner

CARAS participated in the National LGBTQ Task Force 2018 Leather Leadership Award given to Durk Dehner, President and co-Founder of the Tom of Finland Foundation.  The award was given on January 25, 2018, during the 2018 Creating Change Conference held in Washington, DC.  

It may not be generally known that The Tom of Finland Foundation offers resources and support for artists and scholars, including archival materials relevant to the study of leather and kink cultures. For more information, visit:

Dr. Rob Bienvenu, Ph.D., CARAS co-founder, represented CARAS for the ceremony.

Images from the award ceremony posted to The Task Force twitter feed are below:

February 5, 2018 / News Research

Doing sex research and dealing with IRBs

Often institutional review boards get a bit nervous about the ethics of doing sex research, worried that this will generate more distress or fallout from disclosure of a stigmatized identity.  Here are some resources for preparing yourself to have those conversations with your IRB:


Doing More Good than Harm? The Effects of Participation in Sex Research on Young People in the Netherlands
Lisette Kuyper • John de Wit • Philippe Adam • Liesbeth Woertman
Arch Sex Behav, Published online June 17, 2011
Available from Mike:


Ethical and Regulatory Issues with Conducting Sexuality Research with LGBT Adolescents: A Call to Action for a Scientifically Informed Approach
Brian Mustanski
Arch Sex Behav (2011) 40:673–686, Published online: 29 April 2011

(note: this one requires a password / account from your institution.  If you cannot access this, pleaes contact Richard Sprott)

Trauma and Sex Surveys Meet Minimal Risk Standards: Implications for Institutional Review Boards
Elizabeth Yeater, Geoffrey Miller, Jenny Rinehart, and Erica Nason
Psychological Science OnlineFirst, published on May 22, 2012   DOI: 10.1177/0956797611435131

(note: this one requires a password / account from your institution.  If you cannot access this, pleaes contact Richard Sprott)


What are Institutional Review Boards and Why Should We Care? An Interview with Zach Schrag
Washington Monthly, November 2013
(Zach Schrag is author of “Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences,” 2010)

March 22, 2014 / Research

Does power play affect one’s perception and preferences about workplace power dynamics?

The Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) has completed a community and technical review of Mr. Angel Velez' protocol, Exploring Power and Dominance in Management: An Alternative Approach

Please consider participating in the survey, which will be open throughout January 2014:

To participate in the survey, please go to

The CARAS Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has voted to grant a formal endorsement for the protocol.  The RAC believes that this protocol has scientific/scholarly merit, follows standard ethical procedures and policies, and offers a prospect of benefit to the community being addressed.

January 14, 2014 / Research