Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Trans Persons Encounter "Injustice at Every Turn"

Last week the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released "Injustice At Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey," [PDF] which was based on the responses of 6,450 trans persons and is the first large-scale national survey of its kind. According to the 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 of the chilling statistics include:
  • 41% of participants had attempted suicide, versus 1.6% of the general population
  • participants were 4x more likely than the general population to live in poverty, with an annual income of less than $10,000
  • 78% of participants reported being harassed in school
  • 35% reported being physically assaulted in school
  • 12% reported being subjected to sexual violence in school (we're talking K-12 for all these)
  • respondents experienced double the rate of unemployment verses the general population
  • 90% of respondents reported being harassed or discriminated against at work
  • 53% experienced verbal harassment or disrespect in public places such as airports, hotels, restaurants and buses
  • 22% of respondents experience harassment from police officers when interacting with them
  • 46% reported feeling uncomfortable with seeking help from the police
I could go on and on, but you can read it for yourself.

Are gender roles that change from century to century and from culture to culture, really worth creating so much misery over? It seems so absurd to me. It would be laughable if it wasn't so deadly serious.

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Transman Diaries: Transitioning from Female to Male
No Queers Allowed!
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