An overview of the survey has been posted and will continue to be expanded here: http://genderqueerid.com/gqhealth
Again, I would like to thank everyone for participating! Feedback also made it possible for me to improve the survey in a variety of ways, notably adding romantic orientations and allowing for multiple pronoun preferences to be checked. So far, I’ve gathered charts and statistics from the respondents’s data on the above page, excerpts from text box entries are to come, which will yield some of the best information for helping to determine what is available for genderqueer-related health care and positives and negatives about the experience, as well as gaining unique, personal insights. Excerpts from survey (only culled from those responses marked granting permission, 180 out of the 196 filled-out surveys) will likely be available in early November, along with my related paper for a college class about this topic.
Some interesting aspects of the statistical portion (covers the basic identity portions rather than the health aspect that will be covered in-depth next month!):
- All 196 respondents listed a country. Residency statistics: USA (152), Canada (18), UK (10), Australia (4), Ireland (2), South Africa (2), Turkey (1), Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Israel (1), Japan (1). (1) respondent listed a continent (North America), and (1) respondent listed two countries (USA / Mexico).
- While most respondents listed sex assigned at birth (31 male, 159 female, 0 intersex, and 6 preferred not to state), a wide variety of identities appeared under the write-in sex identity field, not all of which ‘corresponded’ to the gender identity the respondents listed, from responses like “unknown”, “both”, “human”, “neither”, to “sexqueer female”, “neutrois” and clarification in reference to the body such as “Male: meaning I call my vagina and associated organs “male.” This corresponds closely with what I expected to find, because I’ve found that, in my personal life and in my research (especially confirmed by surveys such as these!) gender, sex, and orientation identities don’t always, nor do they have to, ’match’ according to general expectations.
- A wide variety of gender identities, both associated with genderqueer and non-binary as well as man and woman, were covered. Many respondents selected multiple gender options. Genderqueer (128), non-binary (89), and gender fluid (83) were selected most often. There were also a few write-ins in the gender field, including femme demiguy, chapstick femmequeer, and diva-boi.
- The most common sexual or romantic orientations listed were queer (90), pansexual (65), asexual (53), BDSM / Leather / Kink (45), and panromantic (42). Transromantic, sapio-romantic, and homoflexible were some of the write-ins I encountered here.
- The preferred pronouns section really interested me. Unexpectedly, They/Them/Theirs was the most often preferred option (80), over Zi/hir (31) and Ey/Em/Eirs (6), with He/Him/His pronouns at 65 and She/Her/Hers pronouns at 64. Many respondents selected multiple options and some remarked that they had no particular preference.
- Most respondents had not sought genderqueer or non-binary-related care in the psychological / counseling field (the reasons will be explored in the next survey update), at 115 of the respondents. 53 had sought support from a professional and 22 from a support group.
- Even more of the respondents had not sought genderqueer or non-binary-related care in the medical field (again, the reasons will be detailed in a future summary), at 149 of the respondents. 14 had sought hormones (but not surgery), 4 had sought surgery (but not hormones), and 9 had sought both hormones and surgery.
- I would like to clarify, for the purpose of this survey I intended genderqueer to be used in its broadest, widest-reaching umbrella sense; not all respondents checked off the ‘genderqueer’ box; many opted for ‘non-binary’ alongside or instead of ‘genderqueer’ or selected specific identities related to queer gender or non-binary gender instead. Some people may identify as genderqueer for reasons of expression / performance rather than identity, others as identity as well as or rather than presentation. I recently wrote an article about the differentiation and relationship between the terms genderqueer and non-binary, for further clarification.
Genderqueer Health: Mind and Body – Survey Statistics Now Available (Excerpts to Come!)
Starting 7/20/2009, at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST; 9 PM BST) and running all through the day, to mark the 1-year anniversary of A Future in Noise, I’m going to be hosting a chat focusing on topics like independent music, on-line promotion and radio, and the current state of the music industry. Of course, the chat is likely to run into other avenues as well- I hope you can attend for a fun and illuminating experience! Invites and a formal announcement about this at A Future in Noise and elsewhere will be going out soon, though anyone who is seeing this post is welcome to check out what’s happening on the 20th, and in the meantime, spread the word!
You can access the chat by clicking on the banner above on 7/20, as well as through this link:http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/go_large.php?id=61460143 (the streaming radio channel is the fabulous XWAVE). No account registration is necessary to participate- just pick a username at the outset, and you’re good to go. RSVP about your attendance email@example.com if you can!