Post submitted by Beth Sherouse, former ACLS Public Fellow, HRC Senior Content Manager

Even as we’ve made significant gains in legal protections and increased visibility, transgender Americans still face significant discrimination in housing and employment, barriers to accessing healthcare and direct services and alarming levels of harassment and violence.

Advocates across the country are working to address these critical needs by pushing for additional legal protections, increased public understanding and acceptance, and advancing inclusive trainings for a range of service providers -- including teachers, health care workers and social service providers.

But one of the biggest challenges with such advocacy work is the lack of data about the experiences of transgender people in the United States. That is why the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) -- conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force -- was so groundbreaking and remains such a critical tool to our work as advocates. And it’s why the Human Rights Campaign strongly supports the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey.

The survey is now available online in both English and Spanish through September 21, 2015

If you are transgender, we encourage you to participate in the survey so that advocates can have the most complete data possible. And everyone can help spread the word on social media.

According to the survey website:

The USTS will cover a wide range of topics that reflect the lives and experiences of trans people and is designed to more fully examine specific issue areas that disparately impact trans people, such as unemployment and underemployment, housing, health care, HIV/AIDS, disabilities, immigration, sex work, and police interactions. Many of the questions included in the USTS have never been asked of trans people before. Like last time, the data set will be shared with advocates, organizations, and academics for years to come.

The NTDS has proven to be an incredible source of information for advocates about the transgender community and the nature of discrimination transgender people face in the U.S., and the USTS promises to expand our knowledge even further.

For more information on HRC’s work with the transgender community, visit

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