Urvashi Vaid and Susan Allee, New York City Dyke March, 2011 (Street Spirit, November 6th, 2013)
Knowledge is power. Let's build it together.
This comprehensive national study is designed for people who have identified as womxn at any point on their journeys and want to share their experiences of centering womxn in their sexual, emotional, familial and social lives.
We invite lesbian, bi, pansexual, trans, intersex, asexual, and queer womxn who partner with womxn; trans men who want to report on
their experience of partnering with womxn when they identified as or
were perceived to be girls or womxn; and non-binary people who partner with or have partnered with womxn.
Many LGBTQ+ women have been told we are not women, or we are not the right kind of woman, or that simply by being ourselves, we threaten “womanhood.” This survey welcomes all of us who have or do see ourselves as women, and love women. Our use of “womxn” is a part of
that open invitation.
We are everywhere — writing, teaching, organizing, creating, building fantastic businesses. And leading major initiatives – whether in the political arena, social justice movements, the arts, tech, academia, medicine or law.
And yet — we are also nowhere.
We are the punchline of endless jokes – our hopeless fashion, our overparenting, and our unfathomable sex lives. But, the hard truths of our lives – how we survive every day at the intersections of sexism, racism, ableism, homo-, bi-, queer- and transphobias – somehow these barely register in the public policy arena. This is often true even in our own LGBTQ+ movement spaces.
The concerns of LGBTQ+ women who partner with women are dismissed with the wave of a hand, and yet, what do gatekeepers and policy makers know about our lives?
What do WE know?
How does the average LGBTQ+ woman choose and configure our families? How do we grow our families and social lives? With friends? Lovers? Via birthing, adopting, aunty-ing, or fostering children?
How does partnering with women impact our ability to find work, housing and healthcare?
How are we surviving the many systems of violence aimed at us? How many of our family members are in state surveillance and punishment systems? How many of us grew up in them?
How does being a transgender lesbian impact our lives? What are the experiences of non-binary people who identify as lesbians, or partner with women or other non-binary people?
This national survey is designed for people who have identified as women at any point on their journeys and want to share their experiences of centering women in their sexual, emotional, familial and social lives.
We invite lesbian, bi, pansexual, trans, intersex, asexual, and queer women who partner with women; trans men who want to report on their experience of partnering with women when they identified as or were perceived to be girls or women; and non-binary people who partner with or have partnered with women.
The study reaches into many corners of our lives and affords us the ability to analyze how some experiences influence others.
While the federal government collects data on so many aspects of life, from housing to healthcare, from family life to work and sources of income, almost none of these studies include LGBTQ+ identifiers. Accordingly, we have little national data about the lives of LGBTQ+ women – neither about what we are surviving nor how we are thriving.
We have so many stories – all of us living as LGBTQ+ women and observing the multilayered impacts of misogyny, structural sexism and racism, and economic inequality, on ourselves and our loved ones in the workplace, at school, at the doctor’s office, on the street, and as we try to gain funding for businesses and homeownership.
We have a lot to say about what we have observed over the course of surviving these systems. And we have had nowhere to say it...until now.
Having gathered a team of leading LGBTQ+ women of color activists and academics to construct our Survey and connect and communicate with potential respondents, this project will create an unprecedented data bank on lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary and queer women of color’s experiences.
A distinguished Advisory Committee of leading LGBTQ+ activists and scholars serve as a primary accountability mechanism and resource for this groundbreaking project.
Social Worker & Queer Health Activist, Founding Director, Lesbian Services, Whitman-Walker Health (D.C.)
Presidential Professor, Graduate Center CUNY, Co-Founder of the Social Justice Sexuality Initiative (NY)
Executive Vice President, Columbia University, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School (NY)
Senior Research and Data Analyst, The National LGBTQ+ Women*s Community Survey
Justice Work at The Vaid Group is a think tank/action lab that develops and builds community interventions using research and data analysis, community engagement, organizing, consultation, convening, network building, policy development- crafting solutions from practice. These interventions are dedicated to advancing racial, gender, economic and climate equity and are grounded in partnership with front-line organizations working in the substantive areas in which we focus. Justice Work is a c3 fiscally sponsored project of the National Center for Civic Innovation, a leading fiscal sponsorship hub at the Fund for the City of New York.