Researchers are calling on trans and gender diverse Australians to take part in a survey launched Monday (29 October).
It the first nationwide research into sex, romance, and well-being of the trans and gender diverse community.
The Australia Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey was launched by the Kirby Institute in collaboration with researchers and community advocates from around Australia
It’s a ‘study for trans and gender diverse people for trans and gender diverse people’, according to a YouTube video promoting the survey’s launch.
‘We need reliable information to help deliver appropriate sexual healthcare, education, and relationship support’, says researcher Jeremy Wiggins.
The online survey seeks anonymous data on sexual pleasure, dating, sexual healthcare, and gender-affirming care.
It was designed to learn more about the sexual health of trans and gender diverse Australians. The community has previously called for greater inclusion in HIV prevention efforts.
‘it is shocking how little is known about the sexual and romantic lives of trans and gender diverse people’ the survey’s website says.
Trans and gender diverse Australians aged 16 or over are invited to take part. Completing the survey gives you the chance to win a $300 gift card.
Researcher Dr Denton Callander said they ‘hope that as many trans and gender diverse people as possible take part’.
Sex and romance are such a huge part of our lives, and yet for trans and gender diverse people they are often ignored. That’s why I’m so excited to launch this new survey, and hope that as many trans and gender diverse people as possible take part. https://t.co/HSV9c81i2P pic.twitter.com/4ZefiWHS71
— Denton Callander (@dentoncallander) October 29, 2018
Advice ranged from applications to change names, advice about accessing bathrooms, and an Apprehended Violence Order, according to center director, Vicki Harding.
Transgender people can face discrimination in employment, education, and accessing goods and services’, explained Harding. They experience vilification at markedly higher rates than the rest of the population, including LGB, she said.