New, massive survey of transgender Americans shows disparities and hardships are all too real
A new report released by a national transgender rights group offers new insight into some of the countries most marginalized people.
The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey collected info from almost 30,000 transgender people from every state as well as most US territories. Conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the results of that study show responds often suffer immense hardship compared to their cisgendered peers.
From finding a job or a place to live, accessing medical care and enjoying the support of family and community, transgender respondents to the survey overwhelmingly spoke of mistreatment and discrimination if not out-right violence.
The new report is the first from the group which last released a similar survey in 2008.
Below are some especially interesting points via the report which you can read in its entirety here.
• One in ten (10%) respondents who were out to their immediate family reported that a family member was violent towards them because they were transgender.
• One in twelve (8%) respondents who were out to their immediate family were kicked out of the house, and one in ten (10%) ran away from home.
• Nineteen percent (19%) of respondents who had ever been part of a spiritual or religious community left due to rejection. Forty-two percent (42%) of those who left later found a welcoming spiritual or religious community
• Only 11% of respondents reported that all of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred, while more than two-thirds (68%) reported that none of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred.
• The cost of changing ID documents was one of the main barriers respondents faced, with 35% of those who have not changed their legal name and 32% of those who have not updated the gender on their IDs reporting that it was because they could not afford it.
• Nearly one-third (32%) of respondents who have shown an ID with a name or gender that did not match their gender presentation were verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave, or assaulted.
• Thirty-nine percent (39%) of respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month before completing the survey (based on the Kessler 6 Psychological Distress Scale), compared with only 5% of the U.S. population.
• Forty percent (40%) have attempted suicide in their lifetime, nearly nine times the rate in the U.S. population (4.6%).
• Seven percent (7%) attempted suicide in the past year—nearly twelve times the rate in the U.S. population (0.6%).
The survey ran online and allowed people to respond anonymously. In totally they collected 27,715 responses. The survey was offered in English and Spanish. Keep with with the National Center for Transgender Equality here.
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