Guest Blogger: Discrimination Against TransCommunity Survey

by JT

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are asking for participants in an online research project on discrimination against the transcommunity. The survey includes questions about discrimination in: housing, employment, public spaces, healthcare, families, and the criminal justice system.

Their work is meant to provide both hard data and narratives to help contextualize the rising abuse against Trans and gender non-conforming youth. By creating a database and statistics pinpointing the main areas of, rise in, lack of extensive documentation and reporting of abuse, and the way that this abuse intersects other critical identities especially race, the project hopes to mobilize and support efforts to better protect the TransCommunity in the future. It would also provide needed data for advocates at the national level trying to pass hate crimes and employment rights legislation and ensure that deaths like Lawrence King’s, Simmie Williams’, and Angie Zapata’s do not go unmarked by the state. Finally, data will provide insight into how multiple stressors exacerbate vulnerability and create space for extended exploitation.

There is so little concrete data on the needs and risks associated with the widespread discrimination we see in the lives of the transgender people we know. This data will help point the way to an appropriate policy agenda to ensure that transgender people have a fair chance to contribute their talents in the workplace, in our educational systems and in our communities.

– Jaime Grant

A national team of experts in survey research and transgender issues developed the questionnaire, which can be completed online at https://online.survey.psu.edu/endtransdiscrim. Please fill out if appropriate and circulate widely (you can htp woc phd blog so you don’t have to fuss with author credit)

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