Some group of researchers just sent me mail on here to invite me to participate in their study about trans peoples’ Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment — offering a “1 in 25 chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.”
I sent them quite the response.
Let me put this out there: I have been working in social services, including working on multiple provincial and national research projects, for six years, and I can tell you that this project is pure exploitation. Trans people are massively overstudied, and always for things that are not actually useful to trans people obtaining access to healthcare, employment opportunities, stable housing, or decarceration (which I would argue are the four most pressing issues facing marginalized trans people). Instead, these studies pad the CVs of the mostly cis people doing the research, make one round of people oo-ing and ah-ing at the results, and then are relegated to cyber dust.
So, if these people are going to exploit our mental and emotional labour by making us take their studies, the very least they can do is offer decent compensation. Not a “chance” to “win” compensation. That’s just exploitation.
Do not do studies for a chance to win something, because the only people who actually win are the cis researchers.
And cis researchers: why don’t you try researching something that will actually have an impact in organizations gaining access to funds for crucial work around access to healthcare, HIV-related health care for trans people, decriminalization of sex work, decarceration of trans people in prisons, access to trans-positive housing, and the creation of employment opportunities? You know, things that will actually make a difference in our lives.
Are you a trans and/or genderqueer youth in Toronto? 13 - 27 years old?
You should check out Trans Youth Toronto every Wednesday from 5 pm - 9 pm at The 519 Church Street Community Centre! I ran this group for four and a half years, and it was absolutely amazing. It’s the world’s longest-running trans youth group, and was the biggest in Toronto while I ran it. Word on the street is that hardly anyone has gone since I left a little over a month ago and it’s in danger of being shut down.
Help keep this vitally important program for trans and genderqueer youth alive by attending, if you can!
Let’s save TYT!