• Petitioned Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

This petition was delivered to:

US Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Director Office Of Public Engagement, The White House
Jon Carson
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Thomas R. Friedan

Ensure HHS Collects LGB *and* T Data on Health Surveys

    1. The Network for LGBT Health Equity ,
    2. Petition by

      The Network for LGBT Health Equity ,

      Boston, MA

This Spring, HHS will be adding an LGB question to their premier survey, the National Health Interview Survey. This is a great step forward in ending discrimination.

Unfortunately, the plans for adding transgender questions seem stalled. We asked HHS to take more community input and they did – now it’s time to get the development of trans questions back on track.

Trans health disparities are profound. Trans people smoke more, have less insurance, higher rates of suicidality, and report frequent medical discrimination. These problems remain invisible as long as trans people are not counted in surveys.

We are united in asking you not to leave any of us behind. Please restart the process to make sure questions about trans status are tested and added to all of the key health surveys in 2012.

Dr. Thomas R. Friedan, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kayley Whalen WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Transgender health care must be covered by the Affordable Care Act. To do so, we first need HHS to collect data on the transgender community. Please include a question on gender identity in the National Health Interview Survey!

    • Jennifer Barge ASHEVILLE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I am the Director of TransHealth Coordinaotrs


    • Ryan Newby PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      HHS should survey the health needs of all Americans.

    • Jonah Lefholtz CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      trans health is very important, especially because we are such a medicalized population.

    • Riley Johnson CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because as a trans health researcher, I know firsthand that we can't afford to leave anyone behind.


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