New survey finds overwhelming disparities for transgender population

TRANSGENDER EQUALITY | Fifteen percent of transgender individuals in the U.S. are unemployed. For transgender individuals of color, that number is even higher: 20 percent. Both figures are higher than the general population’s unemployment rate. A National Center for Transgender Equality survey released recently found that the transgender population in the U.S. is more likely to live in poverty, have low health outcomes and experience violence than the general population. (Metro Weekly, 12/8)

Nearly one-third of transgender people currently live in poverty, compared to 14 percent of the overall population. Another one-third have experienced homelessness at some point in their lifetime. Home ownership was extremely low among transgender respondents: only 16 percent reported that they owned their own home, compared to 63 percent of the general population.

The statistics don’t get much better for health outcomes, either. Thirty-nine percent of respondents reported experiencing “serious psychological distress” in the month prior to the survey, nearly eight times greater than the 5 percent rate among the general population. Similarly, 2 out of every 5 transgender respondents (40%) have attempted suicide in their lifetime, more than nine times the rate for the general population (4.6%). One-third reported having a negative experience with a health care provider because of their gender identity, and nearly one-quarter said they avoided seeking regular medical treatment because of fears of discrimination. Another one-third said they did not go to a health care provider when they needed because they could not afford it.

RACE | Manon Matchett, Community Investment Officer, Strategic Initiatives at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, reflects on WRAG’s recent training Responding to Comments that are Implicitly Biased: Guidance for African-Americans, and shares how, for her, racism and implicit bias are like luggage. (Daily, 12/13)

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FOOD | Fairfax County school lunches are getting healthier with help from Fairfax County Public Schools’ Food Services Director, Rodney Taylor. (WaPo, 12/12)

ENVIRONMENT | With New Ban, Takoma Park Ditches The Plastic Bag (WAMU, 12/12)

CORRECTION: In yesterday’s edition of the Daily, we included a blog post from Tamara Copeland about how during this holiday season, she hasn’t found a black Santa Christmas tree ornament. In the news round-up, we mistakenly said that she has never found such an ornament in local shops, which is not the case. She writes that she hasn’t found one yet this year.

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