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Listen to Me Survey: Trans and Non-Binary Experiences of Healthcare

This study will gather information on how those of us who are transgender and non-binary identified people, experience the healthcare system. The study will help to understand how doctors and medical staff can provide better healthcare through understanding diverse genders. The study will help to understand how we manage gender “outness” with our doctors and how this affects our wellbeing. The researchers are interested in learning how everybody describes “outness” and all the varieties of ways we describe our identities.

For the purpose of this study the researchers describe “outness” as the degree to which your gender and/or sexuality are known by and discussed with others (e.g., doctor, parent(s), work peers). The research team is planning to work with transgender and non-binary communities in creative ways to create new tools for doctors to be better at providing healthcare. This research has been approved by University of Guelph Ethics Review REB #16NV034. For questions please contact ruthn [at]


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Meet Your Researchers!

Dr. Ruth Neustifter is an assistant professor who is out as non-binary trans and queer, and who lives in a trans household. They teach in the Couple & Family Therapy program at the University of Guelph and are involved with their local trans & HIV healthcare centre.

Dr. Karen L. Blair is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at StFX and the director of the KLB Research Lab. Dr. Blair and KLB Research have been conducting LGBTQ2S+ affirmative research for more than a decade, always espousing the lab's objective of valuing diversity in academic research. Research topics have included social support for same-sex and gender diverse relationships, experiences of social support among trans identified individuals, as well as global LGBTQ2S+  Inclusive research methods.

Stevie Forbes-Roberts is an MSW candidate at the Faculty of Social Work, Laurier University. They are a genderqueer & non-binary community developer who sees research as one means to tell our communities' stories and emphasize the strengths of differences. They also are a founding member of Rainbow Kids: Wellington Parents for Gender Creative Teens and Children. They are a single parent living in Guelph Ontario with a energetic 7 year old and a rescue husky dog.

Jasper Smith is a queer, non-binary, trans community activist working as a sexual health educator and program coordinator at HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH). They are involved in facilitating a number of programs and workshops for, by, and alongside the wider trans community, especially as it relates to their sexual health and overall wellness.

Sarah Wilmer is a cisgender frontline community development worker at HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH). She is passionate about making services more inclusive for all women and femme folks! She is excited to be part of this research so we can centre the voices of folks with lived experience and ultimately improve health services. 

Blue Neustifter is queer, non-binary trans femme who works as a senior statistician. Outside of work, they are a published board game designer, devoted dog lover, and active part of close-knit trans communities.

Sarah Hafuth is a cisgender person of colour who is currently pursuing a career in medicine at McMaster University. She believes in radical healthcare and enjoys discussing sex, sexuality and sexual health.