LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Another study? Some of you may be asking once again how many studies do we need? The answer: As many as possible. What seems obvious to us, may not be the case for those that make decisions on our behalf — legislators, administrators and the judicial branch. A growing body of academic works — all having the same findings — is one of the best tools to get lasting and permanent equality.
While our distractions and opponents many use anecdotes and hearsay to make their cases in the short-term, in the long-term however, a large pile of solid scientific evidence will crush the rhetoric and emotional pleas from those who wish to legislate us out of existence. Until we are completely equal, there is no such thing as “too many studies.”
This latest one was done by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and The Fenway Institute. Over 450 Massachusetts trans residents were evaluated about the needs of public accommodations and health during the past year.
A short summary of their findings:
Overall, 65% of respondents reported discrimination in one or more public accommodation settings in the past 12 months.
The five most prevalent public accommodations discrimination settings were: transportation, retail, dining, public gathering location, and health care.
Those who reported public accommodations discrimination in the past 12 months had an 84% increased risk of adverse physical symptoms in the past 30 days and 99% increased risk of emotional symptoms.
One in five respondents postponed or did not try to get health care in the past year because of prior experiences of mistreatment in health care settings.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they had not seen a doctor in the past year, while 29% reported having to teach their health care provider about transgender health issues.
This latest study’s findings are in the ballpark with earlier studies.
See the entire study (.pdf) here: http://fenwayfocus.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/The-Fenway-Institute-MTPC-Project-VOICE-Report-July-2014.pdf
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