Transgender People Are Making Their Needs Known To The Federal Government With #TransNeeds
The hashtag campaign stemmed from a conversation at the 2015 White House LGBT Tech Summit concerning the lack of data regarding the trans community.
The White House hosted an LGBTQ Tech summit last month to discuss how the federal government can better address the needs of the transgender community. It was from this meeting that the #TransNeeds twitter campaign, launched Wednesday, was born.
The volunteer-run group created a Twitter handle based on the hashtag in hopes of discovering how the federal government can better serve transgender community.
Trans activist Janet Mock and actor Laverne Cox took up the hashtag right away:
Now others are lending their voices, commenting on the need for safe restrooms, non-discrimination laws, and more inclusive healthcare:
Fried told BuzzFeed News that the group's ultimate goal is to get a sense for the unmet needs of the trans community and hear from as wide of a cross-section as possible.
The findings will be reported back to both the Office of Public Engagement and the Office of Science and Technology Policy with recommendations for further study.
"Our project will produce a report that will include a data analysis of the social media listening campaign as well as recommendations on actions the government could take," Fried explained.