LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — While the findings of a new study is of no surprise to anyone who is transgender or to professionals with a hand in the trans community, it does provide tangible evidence that can be used against proponents of restricting transgender access to public bathrooms and their commonly called Bathroom Bills.
The study by Kristie L. Seelman, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, correlated the high suicide rates of transgender teens with bathroom restriction for transgender teens. Indeed, the study indicates denial of access impacted trans teens significantly.
“. . . Findings indicate relationships between denial of access to bathrooms and gender-appropriate campus housing and increased risk for suicidality, even after controlling for interpersonal victimization in college. These results suggest that the set-up of a college campus connects to the well-being of trans* students, whether or not the campus has intended to actively deny this population access to campus spaces. . . .”
The study made considerable use of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), which was conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force (the Task Force) and National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). That study can be found here: https://lexiecannes.com/stats-on-transgender-discrimination-violence-and-suicide/
I had the opportunity to read through the study which is only available by subscription. The study is relatively short (and a relatively easy read) making dissemination of this information fairly accessible to academic administrators and professionals as they develop their trans access policies. Likewise, the data can be used to help quell proponents of anti-trans Bathroom Bills in state legislatures as the legal ramification of knowingly causing suicides may cause some to withdraw support.
t/h Liz LaVenture
This study (Transgender Adults’ Access to College Bathrooms and Housing and the Relationship to Suicidality): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00918369.2016.1157998
Nikki Araguz Loyd, woman in the photo: http://www.projectq.us/houston/houston_transgender_activists_fight_bathroom_bills?gid=16665
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/