We are a group of researchers from Towson University's Psychology Department and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program conducting a study to learn about transgender / gender variant friendship experiences as well as feelings of belongingness and community. In this study you will be asked to complete some questions about yourself, your relationships, and your attitudes regarding yourself and others from a variety of contexts. It is anticipated that it will take approximately 20-30 minutes to participate.

Participation is voluntary. There are no known personal risks associated with participation. Should you become uncomfortable or wish to cease participation for any reason, you may do so by clicking "Exit Survey" in the top right hand corner of your screen. Although there are no direct benefits to you, we hope that the results of the study will reveal something about human behavior in general and transgender experience in particular.

Participants can be assured that the information supplied will be completely anonymous, that is, no one will be able to identify you by your responses. Completion of this survey signifies your voluntary consent to participate in this research and that you are at least 18 years of age.

The Towson University Institutional Review Board has approved this study. If you have any questions regarding this research or its purposes, please contact the principal investigator Dr. Paz Galupo, (Professor of Psychology and Director of LGBT Studies) at pgalupo@towson.edu. If you have any questions pertaining to your rights as a participant, please contact Dr. Debi Gartland, Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants, at (410)704-2236.

Thank you!

Loryn Bauerband
Kirsten A. Gonzalez
Brienne Hagen
Shandelle Hether
Tiana Krum
M. Paz Galupo

* 1. I have read the above passage and would like to complete the survey. In continuing I certify that I meet the research criteria for the study:

1. I identify as transgender / gender variant;
2. I am 18 years of age or older;
3. I currently reside in the United States; and
4. I voluntarily consent to participate in this research.

If you would like to discontinue your participation, please choose "Exit Survey" in the right hand corner.

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