LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The recently released 2015 National Center for Transgender Education (NCTE) Transgender Survey findings are in short, a confirmation of earlier surveys and other research findings — things are as dire as we’ve been saying they are.
[Disclosure: I participated in the 2015 survey.]
On the upside, the survey bolsters our position in arguing for legal, administrative and legislative means of relief and/or equality. On the downside, conditions have improved very little for the average trans person even though much has been achieved. I would point out though, we have set the stage for younger trans people to have a less difficult route to happiness than many of us endured.
Sadly, recent election outcomes throws a monkey wrench in the formulating of what lies ahead for trans people. At best, things remain the same, at worse, a rollback of several decades of legislative gains. At this writing, absolutely no one has clue to exactly what is going to transpire. Probably not even the president-elect himself.
Survey highlights (taken from the NCTE Summary):
In the year prior to completing the survey:
46% of respondents were verbally harassed.
30% who had a job reported being fired, denied a promotion, or experiencing some other form of mistreatment.
39% of respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month prior to completing the survey.
40% attempted suicide in their lifetime.
29% of all respondents were living in poverty.
38% poverty level for Black, 43% for Latino, 40% for multiracial.
30% experienced homelessness at some point in their lifetime.
16% reported home ownership, compared to 63% of the U.S. population.
20% participated in the underground economy for income at some point in their lives, including 12% who conducted sex work for income.
Disabled trans people:
45% living in poverty.
59% serious psychological distress.
54% attempted suicide in their lifetime.
42% mistreatment by health care providers.
54% of those who were out or perceived as transgender were verbally harassed.
24% physically attacked.
13% sexually assaulted.
17% faced such severe mistreatment that they left a K–12 school.
57% of respondents said they would feel uncomfortable asking the police for help.
33% of Black transgender women said during the past year, an officer assumed they were sex workers.
86% of sex workers reported being harassed, attacked, sexually assaulted, or mistreated in some other way by police.
I’ve compiled a list of prior surveys and other research findings: https://wordpress.com/page/lexiecannes.com/4404
2015 NCTE Survey Summary: http://www.transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/USTS-Executive-Summary-FINAL.PDF
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