When the National Transgender Discrimination Survey launched in 2011 and its findings were ensconced in a report entitled Injustice At Every Turn, little did the almost 7000 people who filled out that survey in 2008-2009 realize that their answers would help be a catalyst for change and drive the trans movement forward.
I used that sobering data repeatedly when it was time to lobby or write articles for the blog, and the 2011 NTDS survey served as a snapshot of the US trans community that has had far reaching policy implications.
Now NCTE is gearing up to do so again with the 2015 version of what has now been renamed the US Trans Survey. It kicks off August 19 with the goal of getting 20,000 trans people to take the survey.
I’m urging all trans folks, and especially trans people of color around the country to take the time to fill this out because it is that important. If want data about the lives of trans people of color to show up in the subsequent reports that will be generated from this survey, then we need to represent and do so.
The data collected in the US Trans Survey will go toward pushing policymakers, organizations, and lawmakers to do the right thing for trans Americans, and help researchers compile that 2015 snapshot of trans Americans we’ll be relying on for that work of advancing our human rights cause until it’s time for the next one in 2019..
So when August 19 gets here (and that date is rapidly approaching), let’s at least double the amount of people taking this year’s survey, and let’s also strive to get participation in all 50 states so we can get statewide data to peruse for your various states as well.
But in order for that to happen, you must participate. You can hit the link at ustranssurvey.org to do so when it goes live, and make sure you share it with other trans people in your influence circles.