CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jessamyn Bowling, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking participants from members of the gender-diverse community (transgender, genderfluid, genderqueer, gender non-binary) for a study which focuses on resilience.

Volunteers will complete an anonymous online survey or an interview.

Only those who are 18 years of age and older are permitted to join the study and must have familiarity with Mecklenburg County.

Surveys include $20 Amazon gift card ( and interviews are up to $75 (two interviews including participant-submitted photos focused on strength, fill out screening at


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