Welcome to the TransPop Study, a first-of-its-kind U.S. transgender population health survey, conducted by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University, Harvard University, and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health.  



The study will be the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S. and thus will be provide a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender people.  The study will provide researchers and policy makers with unbiased estimates about demographics, health outcomes and well-being, and health care needs of the transgender population, which will be crucial for designing evidence-based public health and policy interventions. 

TransPop Study aims to...

  • Describe demographic parameters of the U.S. transgender population, such as race/ethnicity, age, gender identity, education, employment, etc. 
  • Describe basic health outcomes and health behaviors, such as health status, health care access, quality of life, etc.
  • Describe experiences of transgender people with interpersonal and institutional discrimination in areas such as healthcare, employment, housing, etc.
  • Describe transgender identity history and transition-related experiences.



More accurate representation of the transgender population:  To date, what researchers know about the transgender population comes from studies that do not use random selection methods. While those studies provided valuable information about transgender lives, they may not  accurately represent the population. 



The study is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD R01HD090468).  It is also supported by the National Institute of Health, Office of Social and Behavior Science, the Office of Research on Women's Health, and NICHD as part of a supplemental grant for a larger five-year study, "Generations".