"It is shocking how little is known about the sexual and romantic lives of trans and gender diverse people."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

30 Oct 2018 - 4:31 PM  UPDATED 30 Oct 2018 - 4:39 PM

Trans and gender diverse Australians are being encouraged to participate in a groundbreaking new survey focusing on their sexual lives and health - something that hasn't previously been done on a national level.

The first of its kind, the Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey will address the topics of sex and romance as experienced by Australia's large and diverse trans and gender diverse communities.

While the research is being coordinated by the Kirby Institute, it remains a collaborative effort between community advocates across the country.

“This trans-led research is the first of its kind in Australia and we need as many people from our community as possible to do the survey and to encourage their trans and gender diverse mates to do it too,” said Teddy Cook from the Peer Advocacy Network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities (‘PASH.tm’) and one of the study’s chief investigators. 

Liz Duck-Chong, who also worked on investigating the study, explained: “sexual health isn’t just about testing, it has to be about talking."

She added: "We have designed this survey to take a big-picture look at the experiences and desires of people who are often assumed to not have them at all.”  

According to a statement on the survey's website, "it is shocking how little is known about the sexual and romantic lives of trans and gender diverse people".

The statement continues: "We need reliable data that can be used to improve sexual health care, generate relevant sex education, support relationships, and guide policy for Australia’s trans and gender diverse communities."

You can find out more information and complete the survey here.

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