Classifying Transgender Topics Survey

Do you identify as transgender and/or gender-nonconforming? Are you 18 or over? Do you live in the United States? Would you like to discuss the language that you use to describe your gender identity?

For the purposes of this study, “transgender” and “gender-nonconforming” are used for any person whose gender identity currently differs from the one they were assigned at birth.

If so, you are invited to participate in a research study exploring trans language being conducted by K.R. Roberto, a Ph.D. candidate in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the supervision of Dr. Kathryn La Barre, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This study was approved by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects on Feb. 29, 2016.

Survey participants will be asked to review a list of terms used to describe gender identities; they will indicate which term(s) they identify with personally, and then select term(s) with which they are familiar. This survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.

These results will then be used to create a thesaurus of transgender and gender-nonconforming language. Task participants will be asked to review a short list of items (primarily books and videos) and to assign keywords for each item using the thesaurus; this task will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. Participants may also volunteer to be interviewed about their experiences; this interview is expected to be no longer than 60 minutes.

Participants may choose to participate in the survey, the thesaurus project, or both.

Review of the criteria for participation:

1) Currently self-identify as transgender and/or gender-nonconforming

2) Be 18 or over

3) Currently live in the United States

The initial survey can be found at