U.S. Trans Survey and methodological flaws, or “garbage in, garbage out”
September 16, 2015
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has launched a campaign to collect information about trans identified people. The intent of the U.S. Trans Survey may be noble, but the methods leave much to be desired. Here is some background on the project (emphasis added):
[The U.S. Trans Survey] 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.
That last sentence is the crux of what bothers me. An internet based questionnaire is the single-most cited “study” about trans people? Are you serious? In what…
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