I’m proud of Selina today because she took an hour-plus of her time (one hour, 20 minutes!) to complete the U.S. Trans Survey, the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. If you are or know anyone eligible, please encourage them to contribute to this very important contribution to trans progress. And, yes, of course it’s anonymous.
The current survey is the follow up to the groundbreaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force in 2009. That earlier one examined the lives of over 6,400 trans people in the U.S. The results were released in a 2011 report called “Injustice At Every Turn.” As the single-most cited study about trans people, it has changed how the public understands the challenges facing our community.
With all that has changed and all that work that still needs to be done, the 2015 USTS is a much-needed update to this important study. It’s being conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization for transgender people. Topics include experiences with education, housing, employment, health, and many other issues that affect trans lives and experiences. (Selina calls it “very thorough and definitely useful.”) Going forward, the survey will be conducted every five years. (I don’t think it will ever again have to be called “Injustice at Every Turn.”)
The survey will be available until at least Sept. 21. I assume they’ll close it when they have enough respondents. A great listing of frequently asked questions is on the survey site. So check it out to see who it covers and how, and get going!