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New Survey To Address LGBTQ Women

By Charlotte Robinson, March 11, 2021

A group of seasoned activists & scholars have formed an independent national research project focused on the long overdue concerns of LGBTQ women. The initiative is spearheaded by veteran lesbian activist Urvashi Vaid one of the first women of color to lead a national LGBTQ organization. Over 100 organizations have joined on as partners seeking to center the concerns of LGBTQ women for policy-makers & advocates. Vaid stated, “We had to create an independent project to get this work off the ground. It’s outrageous that it’s 2021 & this will be the first national survey about the needs & priorities of LGBTQ+ women specifically. For queer women to advocate effectively we need this data to deepen the gender focus of our movements & to get the services & resources our community needs at a local, state & federal level” The trailblazing survey will look at all aspects of LGBTQ women’s lives from workplace issues & education to family life, from religious & political affiliation to & sexuality & gender expression. It will be housed at Emory University under the leadership of Professor Alyasah Ali Sewell. Dr Sewell is a highly respected & widely published sociologist on the political economy of race, neighborhoods & health. The survey launches in the context of an incredibly violent & challenging year for LGBTQ women. Jaime M. Grant, Research Director For The Project concluded, “How has this perfect storm of displacement, disease & increasing violence impacted LGBTQ women? As usual, nobody knows. Well, it is time we build that knowledge base together. Everyone in the community needs to take this survey.” Let's stop lesbian erasure & take the survey.

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