Will be online through Sept. 21
A new survey aimed at garnering a more accurate account of the transgender experience will be available through Sept. 21.
The survey, which is being organized by the National Center of Transgender Equality, aims at quantifying the experiences of the trans community so that it may help advocates, policy makers and the public with future trans-related endeavors.
"This survey is important because it helps us be heard," said Arianna Lint, director of transgender services at SunServe in Wilton Manors. "Many [trans people] think they do not have a voice. But, they're wrong. This survey is their voice," Lint said. "They can change everything and they can make a difference."
Lint, who identifies as trans, says that the survey is key to gaining more government support for trans-related issues and policies.
Advocates are hoping to use the results of the survey as a reference point to give urgency and weight to the trans movement.
Lint expects the results to be a huge increase in numbers since the survey was last put out in 2008.
There are over 700,000 people in the U.S. alone that identify as transgender. Lint believes that the surveys that have been done in the past are outdated and no longer give an accurate picture of the discrimination the trans community faces.
If you identify as transgender, trans, genderqueer or nonbinary and are at least 18 years of age or older you are eligible to take the survey.
"Imagine what we can change if we had updated data?" Lint said. "The possibilities are waiting for us."
Visit USTransSurvey.org to take the survey or to find a location where you can.