The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law is holding a dance at the Edison club in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to raise money and awareness in support of transgender health, research and rights. Part of the proceeds will go toward adding gender identity questions to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), as outlined in this video featuring Martine Rothblatt, UCLA alumna, founder and CEO of United Therapeutics Corp., and creator of GeoStar Satellite and Sirius XM Radio.
Although some large population surveys, including CHIS, ask respondents if they identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, none ask questions about gender identity, resulting in limited data on transgendered people. This year, gender identity questions will be added to CHIS, which surveys 50,000 households in California, including 2,000 youths.
The new questions will provide facts: the number of transgender people in the state, if they have access to health care, and more. Once the data are available, Rothblatt says in the video, legislators and courts can use them to develop programs and pass laws to support the transgender community.
As Rachel Moran, dean of the UCLA Law School, says in the video, inclusion of transgender questions in CHIS will “pave the way” for other large federal surveys to do the same.
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