Important LGBTQ online survey for California residents is intersex inclusive (though not by virtue of its acronym)

THE LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project has an online survey running until January 18, 2012. The survey is open only to residents of California, whether they are located in that state at the time of filling in the survey or not.

LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project: LGBTQ survey - click to go to the online survey page.

LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project: LGBTQ survey - click to go to the online survey page.

A note to the LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project administrators:

We suggest to the survey organizers that they consider publicly signalling their inclusion of intersex by using the intersex-inclusive acronym LGBTQI or LGBTI instead of the intersex excluding acronyms LGBTQ and LGBT.

Acronyms possess an honesty and directness that so-called “shorthand” or “umbrella” terms such as “gay” or “gay and lesbian” are incapable of. If you mean to equally and fully include all of LGBTQI, then say LGBTQI. If you mean to include all of LGBTI, then say LGBTI.

If you write LGBT or LGBTQ then you are sending a loud and clear signal that intersex is not included. It really is quite simple.

From the survey introduction page:

In this survey, we use the broadly familiar acronym LGBTQ. We know that not everyone identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning. Please know that we are referring to the many diverse ways that community members identify, including (but not limited to):

Del Ambiente * Downe * Gender queer * Intersex * Pansexual * Same gender loving * Stud * Transgenero * Two-spirit etc.

This survey will explore the needs, inequality, and discrimination faced by Californians who are LGBTQ, and for those whose sexual orientation or gender identity/expression may not fit in with society’s expectations, or the expectations of their friends and families.

Who should take this survey?

Anyone who feels they are part of the above description, or who has wondered if they might be part of the above description, or if you are the parent/guardian of a child who is part of the above description. There is no age requirement. You should be living in California or usually live in California.

How long will this take?

This survey will take you about 20-30 minutes to complete. Please take the survey in one sitting. We really appreciate your taking the time! This is so important!