The White House hosted an LGBTQ Tech summit last month to discuss how the federal government can better address the needs of the transgender community. It was from this meeting that the #TransNeeds twitter campaign, launched Wednesday, was born.
“The effort really began with a casual conversation I had in June with DJ Patil, the U.S. Chief Data Scientist,” Ina Fried, a trans journalist and participant in the White House LGBT Tech Summit, told BuzzFeed News. “He’s working on all kinds of initiatives like precision medicine that depend on accurate data and I pointed out how little data of any kind exists about trans people.”
“Indeed, because trans people are largely not acknowledged, our information often shows up in medical data as anomalies, such as when a transgender man tries to get a mammogram,” she added.