U.S. Trans Survey Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is the U.S. Trans Survey (USTS)?

The U.S. Trans Survey (USTS) is the new name of the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. It is the follow up to the groundbreaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force in 2009, and examined the lives of over 6,400 trans people in the U.S. The results were released in a 2011 report called Injustice At Every Turn. As the single-most cited study about trans people, it has changed how the public understands the challenges facing our community. With all that has changed and all that work that still needs to be done, the 2015 USTS is a much-needed update to this important study.


Who Could Take the USTS?

The USTS was for all trans-identified people, including genderqueer and non-binary people, at any stage of their lives, journey, or transition. Participants had to be currently living in the United States or a U.S. territory, or be living abroad on a U.S. military base.


What Age Did USTS participants Have to Be?

USTS participants had to be 18 years or older. 


When Was the USTS Available to Take?

The USTS was available from August 19 until September 21, 2015. Participants could access the USTS on this website or by signing up to receive information and the link to the survey when it was available


Who Is Conducting the USTS?

The USTS is being conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people: www.transequality.org.


How Could People Take the USTS?

The USTS was an online survey and could be taken on a computer or a web-enabled device such as a smart-phone or tablet. If somebody did not have access to a computer or web-enabled device, they could attend a survey-taking event.


What Was a Survey-Taking Event?

Organizations across the country opened their doors to allow people access to a computer and a safe place to take the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey. Each event had different availabilities--hosts made their resources available during specific one-time only events, at weekly recurring events, or on a drop-in basis. For example, a community center may have participated by setting aside on Saturday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM where all or some of its computers are available, or it might have hosted people on Monday-Friday from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM each evening for a week or longer. 


How Long Did It Take to Complete the USTS?

The survey usually took 30 to 60 minutes to complete, but for some participants it took longer due to individual experiences.


Did Participants Have to Share Any Personal Information to Take the USTS?

The USTS was anonymous, so participants did not have to share any personal information to complete the survey, such as their name. All survey answers are confidential and participant’s answers will not be shared with anyone.


Were Participants Paid?

When participants completed the survey, they had the option to enter a drawing to win one of three cash prizes: one prize of $500 and two prizes of $250. Because tens of thousands of trans people across the country completed the survey, we could not offer payment to each participant.


What Languages Was the USTS Available in?

The USTS was available in English and Spanish.


Was the USTS Accessible to People with Disabilities?

The survey was accessible to people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities consistent with Section 508 Standards of the Rehabilitation Act. Please contact ustranssurvey@transequality.org with additional questions about accessibility.


How Often Will the USTS Be Conducted?

Starting in 2015, the USTS will be conducted every 5 years to give researchers, policymakers, and advocates the ability to see the experiences of trans people over time, how things are changing, and what can be done to improve the lives of trans people.


What Issues Did the USTS Address?

The USTS has been updated so the findings can better reflect the experiences of trans people and better compare the experiences of trans people with national surveys of non-trans people. Topics in the USTS included experiences with education, housing, employment, health, and many other issues that affect trans lives and experiences.


Was the USTS Approved by an Institutional Review Board?

The USTS has received review and approval from the University of California, Los Angeles Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB reviews, approves, and monitors research involving human subjects.


How Can People Learn More Information About the USTS?

Information can be found at USTransSurvey.org, where participants can sign up to take the survey and to receive information about the survey. Please contact us at ustranssurvey@transequality.org for additional information.