Local studies show LGBTQ people have higher-than-average rates of depression and substance abuse, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. And they often have difficulty accessing the health care system. Researchers at the University of Washington are conducting a statewide study to learn more.
The survey focuses on members of the LGBTQ community who are 18 and older. The questionnaire, which takes about 30 minutes to complete, asks about people's health, financial status and social life. Questions include:
- "Do you feel bullied at work?"
- "Do you worry about having enough money for rent?"
- It also asks if you've told your siblings or friends about your sexual orientation or gender identity.
UW researchers say the effort is part of an equity and diversity project aimed at helping the community better serve the LGBTQ population.
Researchers promise that anyone filling out the questionnaire will remain anonymous — their answers won't be linked to their name or email address. Dozens of community organizations and agencies around the state are working with the researchers, to guarantee the broadest possible assessment. The survey is open to respondents until Sept. 15.