Posted by: aronmwrites | September 15, 2008

Pass It On: Nat’l Survey on Transfolk by NGLTF and NCTE

This came around a few days ago, and I’m just getting around to posting it. 

The Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality are partnering with Penn State University to undertake a national survey of transgender and gender non-conforming people (they actually say gender non-conforming in the intro survey language – I’m so surprised!) on issues ranging from healthcare to housing to employment in the United States.  It’s purported to only take 20 minutes of your time. 

So – if you live in the U.S. of A. and identify as any flavor within the gender non-conforming spectrum, please take a moment to hop on over and fill out the survey

These chances are few and far between, so I highly recommend that everyone take the opportunity to complete the survey.  Plus, from my time working as a community organizer in the trans/gender different communities, I can say with confidence that statistics and survey results – in addition to icky medical data – are really the only kind of “valid information” that those in power positions will respond to.  From small communities to large ones and from face-to-face interactions to paper lobbying, every last person that an advocate will speak with wants to know what “hard facts” there are on such a “small minority of people”.  The most frequent question, in fact, was: “How many people really are there that are transgender in this area – we don’t actually have transgender people here, right?”  Well, maybe that’s two questions.  The point I’m trying to make is that the folks in power especially tend to think of transpeople as mythical creatures.  Having a gender variant person in the neighborhood is something like finding a unicorn in your backyard.  No one believes that gender variance exists, at least outside a hypothetical, liberal-academia-induced realm where “crazy theorists” walk around asking: “What is gender, anyway?”

You get my point (hopefully).  Please take 20 minutes out of your time and take the survey if you feel it applies to you.  Otherwise, pass it along to others that might be able to take it.  Or post flyers around your campus/work/community advertising it.  Just pass it on.  Thanks!

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