Prism Project aims to advance inclusivity and foster safe spaces for LGBTQ+ Tulsans through research and education.
Prism Project uses research and data to inform the Tulsa community of the needs of LGBTQ+ Tulsans and provides local education and training to promote inclusivity, with the aspiration of expanding equity across the state of Oklahoma. By investing in research, training, and equitable data collection practices for gender and sexual minorities, we hope to lay a foundation for systemic change and position Tulsa as the most inclusive city in Middle America for LGBTQ+ people. We are educating the public on the existence, struggles, and beauty of LGBTQ+ Oklahomans in order to help Oklahoma be a state that promotes inclusivity and community.
Prism Project began as a report in 2019 when Tulsa Reaches Out, a fund of the Tulsa Community Foundation, commissioned The Hope Research Center at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa to conduct a needs assessment of Tulsa’s LGBTQ+ community. Now, we are breathing new life into the work by establishing Prism Project as an ongoing research initiative that will continue assessing the needs of LGBTQ+ Tulsans and offer resources to the Tulsa community to support gender and sexual minorities.