5 Must-Know Findings from the Largest Ever Survey of Trans Americans

5 Must-Know Findings from the Largest Ever Survey of Trans Americans

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Yesterday, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) issued its findings from a 2015 survey of over 28,000 trans people from the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and US military bases overseas — the biggest survey of trans individuals ever!

Unfortunately, the results show just how far we have to go towards achieving social equality and justice for the trans community. You can read the report for yourself, but here’s 5 key findings you should know.

1) Nearly half had experienced verbal assault in the last year or sexual assault sometime in their lives.

2) About 10% had a family member either become violent or kick them out of the house for coming out as trans. 30% had been homeless at some point in their lives.

3) 77% percent experienced mistreatment at school, 27% experienced mistreatment at work and 58% experienced mistreatment with police.

4) Approximately 29% live in poverty — compared to 14% of the U.S. population — and these percentages rose to about 40% for trans people of color.

5) About 40 percent had experienced severe psychological distress and the same amount had attempted suicide — nine times more than the U.S. average.

Of the people surveyed, 68% said that none of their government-issued IDs reflected their names or gender identity; of those about half couldn’t afford the financial costs to change their documents either.

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