USTS Data Sharing General Information

The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) generated data that captured the experiences of transgender adults (18 years and older) throughout the United States, U.S. territories, and U.S. military bases overseas. The survey covered a wide range of experiences, and the final sample included 27,715 respondents. The survey questionnaire can be found in Appendix B of the USTS report.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has a strong interest in expanding the field of knowledge about the lives and experiences of transgender people. Therefore, NCTE is making USTS data available to members of the broader research and advocacy communities for secondary analyses.

As the owner of USTS data and in accordance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements, NCTE is committed to protecting the confidentiality of USTS respondents and guarding against the disclosure of their identities. Therefore, USTS data has undergone processes to remove personally identifying information, and the de-identified dataset will be made available to those who request it upon approval by NCTE. 

NCTE has an interest in ensuring that research using USTS data makes unique contributions to the field of knowledge about the lives and experiences of transgender people. Therefore, USTS data requests for projects that are duplicative of those that have been previously approved or conducted will not be approved. Prior to submitting a data request, researchers should review the abstracts posted on the Published and Approved Projects page to determine which projects have previously been approved for use of USTS data. 

Once a data request has been submitted, researchers can expect to receive information about the approval or denial of their request within 4-6 weeks. If approved, researchers will be sent additional information about completing the request and receiving the data. Researchers will also be required to enter into a data-sharing agreement with NCTE. The data-sharing agreement will restrict the use of the data to the project for which the data request was approved and also outline the conditions of receiving the USTS data.


Please note that the USTS dataset is proprietary, and NCTE has the discretion to approve or reject any request for access to the data.