Keisling Mara

NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling

If you haven’t already participated in the U.S. Trans Survey — billed as the largest survey ever undertaken on trans lives in America — you’d better get with it. There are only six days left.

The survey closes to participants at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.

This survey is a follow up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted in 2011, and is intended to create a more comprehensive picture of the lives and experiences of transgender Americans.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said that trans people in this country area at a “critical moment,” and yet they face that moment lacking a “basic, fundamental knowledge” about transgender lives.

“While we’re aware that trans people face extraordinary challenges, we cannot discern how frequent or widespread they are without up-to-date data,” Keisling said. “The survey will provide us with robust, fresh data, which will translate into significant knowledge about the trans community.

“This is,” she added, “a survey for all trans, genderqueer and non-binary people. It is for us, about us, and by us.”

Keisling said the 2015 survey will “inform life-saving laws and policies that meet the needs of our community,” and that will “develop the information we need to understand the realities of our lives.”

Results, she said, will be available to community members, organizations and researchers “for years to come.”

The survey is designed to assess transgender people’s experiences in employment, housing, healthcare, HIV/AIDS, disabilities, immigration, sex work and police interactions. Results are projected to be released next spring.

Take the survey here.