Saturday, September 17, 2011

Analysis of Transgender Discrimination Highlights Shocking Levels of Bias Against Black Transgender People

The National Black Justice Coalition, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality published a report today called Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. The report showcases data from the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey and analyzes the responses of 381 Black transgender or gender non-conforming Americans. National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks says, "These numbers are appalling and these living conditions are unacceptable for any human being-- gender conforming or not."

Of the respondents, 26% of Black transgender or gender non-conforming individuals were unemployed, 41% experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, and 34% live in extreme poverty making less than $10,000 each year. Additionally, 49% of respondents attempted suicide and 20% of black trans/gnc respondents were living with HIV. These statistics are massively disproportionate to the rest of the U.S. population and other racial/ethnic groups from the overall study.

On a positive note, Black transgender or gender non-conforming people who were out to their families reported higher rates of family acceptance than the rest of the survey respondents.

For more information on this report, please visit: http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_black_respondents.pdf.

1 comment:

Goverment Transgender said...

I to have been a victim of Discrimination as a Disabled Veteran and Trnasgender Goverment employee at BAE Systems in Nashua New Hampshire.
This from a company who has an ethics policy about non discrimination on Gender Identity and Sexual Prefrence, but has recent multipe cases against Gender, Disability, and there did not seem to be any problems with my performance prior to them learning of my transgender status. They often made comment about a transgender african american female that worked there and how disgusted they were to have her in the same building. There was no issues other thsn I documented any issues found as a Govermennt auditor of their contract. The problems stsarte after they knew of my status.
After inquiring about the allegations by BAE in August their response was provided to me the reference to me leaving was after they bared me from their facillity their response on 2/22/2012 is as follows;
>> Dear Tamara,
>>
Several of the individuals who were involved in this case are no longer with BAE, and many organizational changes have occurred since you left, so retrieving everything I needed took far longer than anticipated. I have since conducted several interviews and reviewed the available material.
>>
What I see in the record is a complicated situation in which several BAE employees alleged that specific behavior - not your status, but statements and actions in the workplace unrelated to your job - made them feel harassed. The investigation conducted by HR was thorough, included several different sources of information, and seems to have followed an established process.

John Trusslow
Ethics Representitive
BAE Systems
If they cannot do it one way they will always try another.