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Austin Launches LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Survey

The survey will run through April 30, 2021; takes 25-30 minutes to complete; and is available online in English and Spanish, and in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Mandarin, Burmese, and Vietnamese upon request.

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ShoutOut Austin and UnSaludo Austin, Austin’s LGBTQIA+ Community Survey, launched on Friday, January 22, 2021, and will run through April 30, 2021. The survey, which takes 25-30 minutes to complete, will help to inform the City and its LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission about the quality of life of Austin’s LGBTQIA+ communities.

The survey can be completed on any computer, touchpad, smartphone, or via printed copy. All responses will be kept anonymous and no personal information will be shared.

The survey is one of several data collection methodologies that will inform Austin’s LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Study. It will provide a better understanding of the community’s strengths and diversity, as well as more effectively advocate for its specific needs. Additionally, it will serve as a historical snapshot of the LGBTQIA+ community in Austin, a population with no official historical documentation among City archives to date. Ideally, this study will also contribute to a new precedent for more-inclusive City survey and data collection efforts that can be adopted for City, state, and national data collection efforts. The study will utilize an intersectional analysis and center the experiences of the Queer People of Color communities, particularly those most historically negatively impacted.

Every voice counts in documenting and better understanding the lives, experiences, and issues impacting Austin’s LGBTQIA+ communities. Participants can skip any question but, to get an accurate picture of the quality of life of the LGBTQIA+ communities, it is helpful to answer each question.

The Quality of Life Study was commissioned by the Equity Office and the City of Austin’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission. The study is being conducted by HMA Community Strategies, a national research and consulting firm. Community partners include allgo, Austin Black Pride, Austin Up, Out Youth, QWELL Community Foundation, Texas Health Action, UpRising, and Vivent Health.

The survey is also available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Mandarin, Burmese, and Vietnamese upon request.

For more information about the study, visit: www.austintexas.gov/page/lgbtqia-quality-life-study or email shoutoutaustin@healthmanagement.com.

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