Groundbreaking study finds pervasive discrimination against transgender people.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) released a comprehensive new report yesterday, “Injustice at Every Turn,” revealing the depth of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in a wide range of areas, including education, health care, employment, and housing.
Based on responses from over 6,450 participants, the report is the first large-scale national study of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. The results are astonishing and alarming:
* 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide, compared to only 1.6% of the general population
* Respondents were twice as likely to be unemployed as the population as a whole
* One in five respondents experienced homelessness because of their gender identity or expression
* Respondents were nearly four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, with household income of less than $10,000
Yet, despite these hardships, transgender and gender non-conforming persons persevere.
Over 78% reported feeling more comfortable at work and their performance improving after transitioning, despite the same levels of harassment in the workplace.
No one should be out of a job, living in poverty, or faced with sub-par health care simply because of their gender identity or expression. The scope of the problem is clear. It’s up to all of us to work towards a solution.