July 3, 2012 | by Michael K. Lavers
D.C. groups launch transgender survey

Advocates call for acceptance of trans people. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A coalition of transgender advocacy groups have launched a survey designed to better assess the needs of trans Washingtonians.

The D.C. Trans Coalition, Transgender Health Empowerment, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive and American University are among the organizations participating in the survey that went live slightly more than a month ago. The poll will ask participants about a variety of topics that include access to health care, employment, housing and education, interactions with the criminal justice system and their immigration status.

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Doctor Elijah Edelman of American University’s Department of Anthropology told the Blade that roughly 200 people have already participated in the survey. He said he hopes up to 1,000 will take part by the fall.

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Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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  • I haven’t seen this survey yet and think it would be a handy tool in just finding out how many trans men and women are actually out there in this country. At this time there are no accurate numbers just best guessed numbers. I would bet if an accurate pole was to be used in every State the numbers would be higher than is guessed today. Of course, there are those that would rather not to come forward but if we all come forward and show our numbers, our political system would have a better knowledge of who we are and our problems we face every day in a country that was built on the principal that all are free.

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