Welcome to the Be the Conversation Study website. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to learn more about our study. We appreciate you being here. The objective of this study is to estimate the number of transgender people living in Baltimore and learn more about the transgender population's health and social service needs, challenges and strengths. We hope this study will inform future policy in Baltimore and how trans services are both developed and delivered.
The BTC Survey
Data collection for the BTC Study ended in September 2016. This means that the survey is now closed. Right now, we are working on cleaning and analyzing the data. We are gearing up to share the findings with you, so keep an eye on our website! The BTC survey explored a wide range of topics related to transgender health and social service needs, including mental and physical health, stigma and discrimination, violence-related experiences, HIV risk and prevalence, substance use, pride and resilience, social support, and community connectedness, among others. If there are topics you want to learn more about or would like us to share data/results about, we encourage you to reach out and let us know.
What is this study all about?
The purpose of this study is to: AIM 1 Conduct formative research to inform the development of a needs assessment survey relevant to the transgender community. AIM 2 Estimate the size of the transgender population in Baltimore. AIM 3 Conduct a survey of the health and social service needs of transgender people in Baltimore.
Where are we at now? (May 2017)
Let's break it down. During Summer 2015, the research team spent time conducting qualitative interviews with what are known as "key informants" or basically, people with special knowledge on a set topic. We reached out to 20 individuals who work with local organizations serving the transgender community, many of whom identify as transgender. We had conversations with each of them about what they feel are the biggest health and social services needs of the transgender population in Baltimore. We also asked them to think about what data we need to collect to help them improve the services they offer and come up with new and effective programs. Please visit our Progress page to learn more about about this first phase of our research. Based on the opinions and advice of our key informants, we developed a survey full of relevant and important questions.
The next step involved sharing the survey with the Baltimore transgender community (March 2016 to September 2016). The transgender community and our community partners really supported us throughout this phase. Many organizations shared the BTC flyers, invited us to their events, emailed out the BTC website, and posted about BTC on social media. Together, our hard work went far. 141 transgender individuals completed the BTC survey and shared their stories with us. Soon, we will be sharing those stories with you and can begin using them to create positive change for local transgender communities. Check out the Data Snapshot and Analysis pages for some preliminary information about the data!
A huge thank you to every participant, community partner, and supporter!
If you are interested in learning about how to get involved in supporting the BTC study now that data collection is over, check out the How To Help pages. We would love to hear from you, especially if you:
(1) Have ideas to share on how to disseminate the BTC findings (2) Want us to do a presentation on the BTC findings (or a specific topic addressed by BTC) for your organization (3) Have specific research questions in mind and would like to analyze some of the BTC data yourself (4) Have suggestions on what kinds of analyses/topics to prioritize as we are working through data analysis
If visiting the BTC website brings up uncomfortable feelings at any time, please see our Resources page to learn about services, programs and support groups for transgender people in Baltimore. Please know that our website is a safe online space for anyone who chooses to explore it. We will not track your presence here, and your confidentiality is of utmost importance to us. Please feel comfortable, respected and valued as you read through our content. Thank you for being here.