BSA is a trans-led LGBTQ+ center in Hyde Park. Skora said the data could help get resources and services to the trans community in the Chicago area. RELATED: Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community
“One of the biggest ways is that funding is allocated towards the needs of the populations, the needs of communities if there’s data to back it up,” she said. This project comes as the rights of trans people are under attack in states across the country. They plan to launch a census style canvassing team and a digital campaign to reach as many people as possible.
“Our team that’s going to be working on this will be primarily trans individuals who can also bring in the combination of academic and lived experience,” said Gregory Phillips II, an assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University. “Our community has got really, really good at hiding because when people find us, we tend to experience violence,” Skora said.
RELATED: Brave Space Alliance on Chicago’s South Side helps trans women of color fighting for their lives BSA is partnering with Northwestern University for the survey.
Data collection will begin next June. The survey results will be available for free to other community-based organizations throughout the country, along with instructions on how they can conduct similar research in their own communities. RELATED: Meet community leaders behind 1st transgender district in the world
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