Monday, September 15, 2008

Transender Survey from NCTE & NGLTF

The National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce (where my boo now works as a Vaid Fellow!!) just released their survey for transgender and gender non-conforming folks. Now the Taskforce does amazing work, and whenever I have a question such as “can I be denied equal access to housing in Tennessee because I’m transgender?” I go straight to the Taskforce, where the answer is always easily accessed. (Answer: depends where you live, and if you want to argue the "sex stereotypes" issue or the transgender issue.) The Taskforce has a wonderful history of using their research for inclusive and diverse purposes, since the early 1990s they have never been inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming folk and for as long as I’ve been aware of the TaskForce issues of age, race, immigrant status, and gender identity have been included in all of their efforts.

The end result of this survey will be a report that offers up definitive statistics concerning the discrimination and abuse transgender people may face in terms of housing, employment, medical care, public accommodations, and education. This survey also marks the first time violence against transgender people will be looked at through a lens that it solely interested in the ways that we, as a very diverse group, experience violence.

So I encourage all of you who live in the U.S. to fill out the form if you are a transgender or gender non-conforming person, or to forward it on to any friends who consider themselves to be transgender or gender non-conforming. The Taskforce is particularly concerned with documenting the experiences of transgender folks who often are invisible in daily politics such as rural transgender people and transfolk of color. Through bringing issues of invisibility to the forefront the TaskForce will be able to fully address the many ways in which transgender and gender non conforming people experience harassment and discrimination, as well as support and encouragement.


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