A volunteer-led group today is launching #transneeds—an effort to hear from the transgender community how the federal government and society as a whole could better protect and serve the community.The idea stenned from a recent White House gathering of LGBT and tech leaders.
“The mostly invisible transgender community is finally being seen through pop culture and social media but the reality is that government processes and misunderstanding continue to hamper full participation in society,” said Ginger Chien, an AT&T engineer and participant in the White House summit. “This project hopes to gather new data by giving direct access to the transgender population to speak to their own experiences and needs.”
“In talking with people from the transgender community, it became clear to me just how little data we have,” U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil said. “As we pursue efforts like precision healthcare, making sure we properly represent transgender Americans is critical. I’m excited for the #transneeds project and the data that comes out of it.”
Those interested in taking part can post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #transneeds hashtag or text in their need to 844-876-7637 (844 TRNS NDS).