A portrait of transgender discrimination

From Socialist Worker: http://socialistworker.org/2011/03/08/transgender-discrimination

Christine Darosa

March 8, 2011

THE NATIONAL Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have released a groundbreaking study that shows the full spread and scale of discrimination against transgender people.

Called “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Study,” the 220-page report is the product of a three-year project whose goal was to investigate and document the true extent of discrimination that transgender and other gender non-conforming people face every day.

According to the report and the executive summary, researchers talked to 6,456 respondents from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories, and included people across the entire spectrum of transgender identities, from people who choose to physically transition to another gender, to people who identify as cross dressers, to people who see themselves as genderqueer or as androgynous, or as something else between the two generally recognized genders.

This diversity is significant, because in addition to painting the fullest picture to date of the pervasive mistreatment that transgender people experience, the study also tells us something about the treatment that “masculine” women and “feminine” men–regardless of how they identify–in U.S. society.

THE REPORT is heart-wrenching to read, peppered with devastating statistics and direct quotes from survey participants describing their experiences.

The study found that 65 percent of respondents experienced a serious act of discrimination, defined as “events that would have a major impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to sustain themselves financially or emotionally”–like an eviction, job loss, denial of healthc are, assault, incarceration or being forced to drop out of school due to harassment. Some 23 percent of respondents reported what the study describes as a “catastrophic” level of discrimination–having been impacted by at least three of these types of significant events.

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