By the numbers: The [email protected] transgender community

The [email protected] Coalition has joined with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to examine the state of treatment of American [email protected] transgender people using data from the 2015 US Transgender Survey.

The report id available in both English and Spanish.

While the unemployment rate for transgender people in general is 15% and for the entire population of [email protected] people in the US is 7%, for [email protected] transgender people it is 21%.

43% of [email protected] transgender people reported living in poverty, compared to 18% for the full American [email protected] community and 29% for the full transgender community.

Other findings:

• 31% of [email protected] respondents have experienced homelessness at some
point in their lives and 14% experienced homelessness in the past year because of being transgender.

• 48% of [email protected] respondents have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetimes and 12% of [email protected] respondents were sexually assaulted in the past year.

• 59% of [email protected] respondents said they would feel somewhat or very uncomfortable asking
the police for help, compared to 53% of white respondents in the USTS sample.

• 32% of [email protected] respondents who saw a health care provider in the past year reported having at least one negative experience related to being transgender, such as being refused treatment, being verbally harassed, being physically or sexually assaulted, or having to teach the provider about transgender people in order to get appropriate care.

• 1.6% of [email protected] respondents were living with HIV, more than five times higher than the rate in the U.S. population (0.3%).

• 45% of [email protected] respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month before completing the survey (based on the Kessler 6 Psychological Distress Scale), nine times the rate in the U.S. population (5%).

The full report of the U.S. Transgender Survey showed us some incredibly important data that supplemented information we already had about the experiences of transgender people in the United States. Now, this report will allow advocates to do similar work that is targeted specifically at improving the lives of [email protected] transgender people.

--Mara Keisling, NCTE

Having specific information about trans [email protected] in the United States is one of the most important elements for us to be validated. This report will provide people the opportunity to better understand our needs so that policymakers can ensure that those needs are met.

--Bambi Salcedo, [email protected] Coalition




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