In an expansive new study entitled "Injustice At Every Turn," the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals across the United States.
The results, frankly, are disturbing.
Three key findings from the executive summary:
• Discrimination was pervasive throughout the entire sample, yet the combination of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural racism was especially devastating. People of color in general fare worse than white participants across the board, with African American transgender respondents faring far worse than all others in most areas examined.
• Respondents lived in extreme poverty. Our sample was nearly four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000/year compared to the general population.
• A staggering 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population, with rates rising for those who lost a job due to bias (55%), were harassed/bullied in school (51%), had low household income, or were the victim of physical assault (61%) or sexual assault (64%).
Other areas surveyed include: employment discrimination and economic insecurity; housing discrimination and homelessness; discrimination in public accommodations; barriers to receiving updated ID documents; abuse by police and in prison; and discrimination in health care and poor health outcomes.
The study did find that family acceptance had a protective effect against many threats to well-being.
Read the summary and/or the full report at the NCTE's site.
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