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New Study Highlights Discrimination Faced By Transgender People

February 04, 2011 6:08 pm ET by Carlos Maza

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality released a survey this week documenting the discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people. The survey of 6,450 transgender people is the largest survey of its kind and focuses on discrimination faced in a number of different areas including housing, employment, and healthcare.

From the report's executive summary:

This study brings to light what is both patently obvious and far too often dismissed from the human rights agenda. Transgender and gender non-conforming people face injustice at every turn: in childhood homes, in school systems that promise to shelter and educate, in harsh and exclusionary workplaces, at the grocery store, the hotel front desk, in doctors' offices and emergency rooms, before judges and at the hands of landlords, police officers, health care workers and other service providers.

Some key findings from the report:

Respondents lived in extreme poverty. Our sample was nearly four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000/year compared to the general population.i

A staggering 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population.

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Survey respondents experienced unemployment at twice the rate of the general population at the time of the survey,v with rates for people of color up to four times the national unemployment rate.

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Survey respondents experienced unemployment at twice the rate of the general population at the time of the survey, with rates for people of color up to four times the national unemployment rate.

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Forty-seven percent (47%) said they had experienced an adverse job outcome, such as being fired, not hired or denied a promotion because of being transgender or gender non-conforming.

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Fifty-three percent (53%) of respondents reported being verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation, including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies.