2022 U.S. Trans Survey open for participation

A sign from the Springfield rally for the Illinois National Day of Action to End Violence and Genocide on Transgender People. Photo by Tom Wray

The 2022 U.S. Trans Survey (USTS) opened for participation last week to provide an updated and expanded view of the experiences of transgender people across a wide range of areas, such as education, employment, family life, health, housing, and interactions with police and prisons.

According to a statement, the USTS provides information to help the public understand the lives and experiences of transgender people in the United States and the disparities that many transgender people face. The USTS fills in some of the large gaps in research about transgender people, and it provides tools for researchers, policymakers, and advocates seeking to better understand the needs of transgender people and to find ways to improve their lives. The USTS also provides a benchmark that will help us learn how those experiences are changing over time; so much of the results of the 2022 survey will be comparable to 2015.

Many questions in the USTS are modeled after questions used in federal surveys, allowing for comparisons between the USTS sample and the U.S. population as a whole. This is important for demonstrating the disparities faced by transgender people in the U.S. across a number of areas, such as in unemployment, poverty, and health. Additionally, the USTS is expected to be conducted every five-to-ten years, enabling the measurement of changes in the experiences of transgender people over time.

The USTS is for all trans people ages 16 years and older, including binary and nonbinary trans identities, living in the United States, a U.S. territory, or on a U.S. military base. The 2015 survey included 27,715 respondents from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several U.S. territories and military bases overseas. The survey is open to trans people at any stage of their lives, journey, or transition.

You don’t have to be currently out or living as trans or nonbinary. The survey is open to trans people at any stage of their lives, journey, or transition.

The 2022 USTS is being conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, in partnership with the National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, [email protected] Coalition, and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA).

The time required to take the survey may vary, but participants should set aside at least 60 minutes to take the survey. If participants don’t have time to finish the survey in one sitting, they can save their progress and pick up where they left off with a few easy steps.

The U.S. Trans Survey is an anonymous survey. Responses will be kept confidential and will not be used to identify individuals who take the survey.

Participants are not paid to complete the survey, but they have the option to enter a random drawing to win one of three cash prizes: one prize of $500 and two prizes of $250. Due to federal, state, and local laws, only those age 18 and over and who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia, and not living on a military installation overseas, are eligible. Official rules for the random drawing can be found at ustranssurvey.org/prize-rules.