The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality teamed up to do a comprehensive study of discrimination against trans people.
Cathy Renna featured the story of one person involved in the study last week on Bilerico.
There has never been such a comprehensive study of trans people and their lives anywhere in the world. There were 6,450 study participants who answered a 70-question survey, available in both online and paper formats. This included a diverse set of people, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, of different ages, races, ethnicities, trans identities, and income levels, among other things. It included employment, housing, public accommodations, bullying and violence, and many other areas of discrimination.
That life as a trans person can be very, very difficult, is no surprise. But the depth of the discrimination in all areas was surprising even to the study's researchers. Key findings and analysis after the jump.
Hundreds of dramatic findings on the impact of anti-transgender bias are presented in this report. In many cases, a series of bias-related events lead to insurmountable challenges and devastating outcomes for study participants. Several meta-findings are worth noting from the outset:
• 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.i
• A staggering 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population,ii 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%).
If ever any group needed law to help break the cycle of discrimination, this is it.
You can find the full report here.