Hello! My name is Julio Montero, and I’m a Psychology undergrad closing in on graduation and future graduate school. Right now I am writing a paper on Transgender life in society, dealing with levels of discrimination, oppression and prejudice in daily life. As a part of that I want to take a particular focus on online life and generally I am interested in knowing whether access to an online environment can have a positive impact on peoples living in society considering all of the things that may keep them closeted or away from resources they could use as people who identify as non-gender normative
To that end, I want your input! If you are a person who identifies as Genderqueer, Nonbinary, or Transgender, I would love to hear your experiences and try to provide the most realistic and accurate representation I possibly can to the Psychological community. What do you need to do? Simple! Just fill out the survey in this link. However, I do need to lay out some ground rules and information for you all beforehand:
Most importantly: The service I am using for this survey, Limeservice, is response based. Currently I have 525 responses in my account, meaning that 525 people can each respond to this survey. My mentor doesn’t expect me to get 100 responses, let alone 500, but knowing the power of Tumblr as a platform for information sharing, I felt it was best to compromise.
For the purposes of my article, it is likely that only the initial 525 responses will be used as statistical data to back up my paper.
The nature of the Limeservice system means that every month, I get an additional 25 reponses onto my account for free, if I have less than 25 responses already. This means that if you want to participate but all the responses have been used up, you can just try again next month!
While this article may not use your responses (or submissions to this blog if you choose to write something), it is possible that this is all data I will continue to use into grad school, and if significant amounts of data are gathered, it might be used for later studies in the future. Throughout all of this my priority is to keeping all information confidential, private, and used responsibly in an academic context.
Additionally, consider the following:
While this is a survey, I’m not sure these questions alone can carry the complexity of living in our current age as a non-gender conforming person, so if you want to write about your experiences at more length or feel you have something to say about your experiences, feel free to email or contact me and share! I will also accept submissions onto this blog for posterity.
My paper will only be about five pages long, but the more data and information I have to back it up, the better, so there are absolutely no limits to how much you’ve transitioned or how often you present as any particular gender here. I want to represent all trans* people, so I don’t want you to feel judged or concerned for not being Trans* “enough”.
If I receive any writing that I think is insightful to the point that I want to cite you for my paper, I will try to contact you personally and work out the logistics of citing you personally. I will not, under any circumstances, cite someone without their consent and approval after a direct conversation. If you want to submit something anonymously however, I will understand!
Finally, while I am in my own process of self-understanding, I do ultimately identify as cisgender. And while I have tried my utmost to do my research and know my demographic, I cannot presume to know everything. So if there is something you feel uncomfortable with or feel that I am handling incorrectly, please let me know! I am interested in sharing information but I am also interested in learning.
- For the questions of Nationality and Ethnicity in particular it has been very difficult to find the appropriate terminology to use that would be inoffensive yet applicable internationally. Sadly I cannot edit the survey after I have put it out there, so if you don’t like the terminology I use, please use the Other box and I will completely understand. Also, I would appreciate it if anyone who has more experience with race and ethnicity issues has an idea what would work better.
You can email me about any of this at MonteroPsych@gmail.com
For reasons of personal accountability and to assure anyone that might be concerned as to whether I am the real deal, my personal blog is also available here at www.optimisticduelist.tumblr.com
If you are Genderqueer and Online my survey could really use your voice! Thank you and please spread the word if you can.