Webinar | Aug. 10 @ 2-3 p.m. ET | Considering LGBTQ+ Identities in Travel Behavior Data Collection & Modeling

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Webinar | Aug. 10 @ 2-3 p.m. ET | Considering LGBTQ+ Identities in Travel Behavior Data Collection & Modeling

RSG is leading an industry-first webinar on Tuesday, August 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss the value and practicalities of collecting data on LGBTQ+ populations as part of travel behavior data collection and modeling. It will be moderated by RSG and feature a diverse panel of travel behavior experts, community organizers, and academics. The webinar is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

About the Webinar

According to Gallup, at least 5.6% of all Americans identify as LGBT. Despite the growing political and social visibility of LGBTQ+ communities, the US Census Bureau does not collect data on individuals’ sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Moreover, most state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations do not collect similar information as part of routine surveys. The lack of inclusion in most surveys to date has resulted in a persistent underrepresentation of LGBTQ+ populations that often impedes the evaluation of inequities or differences in travel behaviors through an intersectional equity lens.

This moderated panel conversation will discuss research on travel behavior among LGBTQ+ populations. It will also describe current travel behavior survey and modeling practices for historically underserved populations as a whole and offer agency perspectives on surveying LGBTQ+ populations as part of regional travel surveys. Attendees will hear from several industry experts and come away with insights into the benefits and challenges of collecting SOGI data in the context of transportation planning.

About the Panel

Moderator: Maren Outwater, PE (RSG)

Panelists: Michael Smart, PhD (Rutgers University); Anita Keahilani Yap (MultiCultural Collaborative); Brian H. Y. Lee, PhD (Puget Sound Regional Council); & Mark Bradley (RSG)