The Transgender Project

Mission of The Transgender Project

Over the years, psychologists and medical professionals have conducted numerous small-scale and highly focused studies of various segments of the Transgender Community, yet precious little is known about how we actually live our lives; who we are; what we do and why; where we come from; and where we are headed.

The Transgender Project is designed to describe the economic, social and personal, family and workplace experiences of male to female trans-persons, how these experiences change over the course of our lives, and the impact of these experiences on our mental and physical health.

The study ended January 1, 2009.

Eligibility, Recruitment and YOU

The Transgender community, like any group, is made up of people with a vast array of backgrounds, ideas, political and theological ideologies, ethnicities, and sexual and gender identities. As most of you who are reading this already know, we are an extremely diverse group!

As much as we’d like to have everyone from the Trans-community participate, there are some qualifiers:

  • You must have been medically assigned as a ‘male’ at birth (that is to say, the doctors put ‘male’ on your birth certificate) but you now see yourself more female than male, or completely female.
  • You must be between the ages of 19 and 59.
  • You must reside, or participate in TG activities on a regular basis, in the greater New York Metropolitan area.
  • Using some commonly known terms, you should identify as a Pre or Post- operative Transsexual (TS), a Crossdresser (CD), or Transvestite (TV) of ANY sexual orientation or preference or gender identity preference.
  • Full time (24/7), part time, occasional, closeted, or if you have transitioned to completion.

Procedure-How it Works

For the one-time survey, face-to-face interviews will be conducted inquiring about your experiences at school, at work, and in relationships with your family and friends, and your sexual activities and practices since the age of 10.

For the longitudinal study, face-to-face interviews will be conducted every six months for three years to examine changes in these experiences over time, and the impact of these changing experiences on your mental and physical health. Morale will be measured with established psychological scales. Health functioning (including HIV and other STDs) will be measured with biological tests.


All information collected as part of this study is completely confidential. All provided information will be kept secure in locked files. Computer files will be pass protected. Code numbers will be used to protect your identity within the research project. All staff have been thoroughly trained in these procedures. When we write about the study, we will not use your name on anything that could be used to identity you. Names will only appear on the Consent, which will be kept separate from the interview. We also have a Federal Certificate of Confidentiality that ensures that we cannot be compelled to reveal, by subpoena or any other means, that you have participated in this project, or to disclose any of the information that you have provided.

Benefits to You

Selected participants will be paid $40 for completing the one-time baseline survey and testing, and $230 for completing the three-year study. The health testing is free. If needed, free health services may be provided through the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. As a participant, you will receive copies of papers published about The Transgender Project and it’s findings. And of course, you’ll be a very big part of this study---we can’t do this without you!


The project has been funded by a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded to the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York City (Principal Investigator: Larry Nuttbrock, Ph.D.).


Our field office and interview location for The Transgender Project is
216 Avenue A (between 13th and 14th Sts.) in the East Village of Lower Manhattan.


The project is being conducted in collaboration with trans-friendly organizations and facilities in New York City. These include the LGBT Community Center and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Lower Manhattan.