A trans woman's commentary (with recipes!) about her life and the issues she's engaged with.
Employment antidiscrimination protections.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)/Task Force report Injustice at Every Turn A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,
trans and gender non-conforming respondents experienced double the rate
of unemployment: Survey respondents experienced unemployment at twice
the rate of the general population at the time of the survey, with rates
for people of color up to four times the national unemployment rate.
trans and gender non-conforming respondents experienced widespread
mistreatment at work: Ninety percent (90%) of those surveyed reported
experiencing harassment, mistreatment or discrimination on the job or
took actions like hiding who they are to avoid it. Forty-seven percent
(47%) said they had experienced an adverse job outcome, such as being
fired, not hired or denied a promotion because of being transgender or
gender non-conforming, and twenty-six percent (26%) had lost a job due
to being transgender or gender non-conforming.
Housing antidiscrimination protections.
According to the previously referenced NCTE/Task Force report, 19% of
surveyed trans and gender non-conforming respondents reported having
been refused a home or apartment and 11% reported being evicted because
of their gender identity/expression. And, one-fifth (19%) of trans
respondents reported experiencing homelessness at some point in their
lives because they were transgender or gender non-conforming.
Public accommodation antidiscrimination protections.
Public accommodation for transgender people isn’t primarily about
bathrooms. It’s often instead about being able to buy a cup of coffee
and a cheeseburger at your local restaurant; it’s often instead about
being able to go to government agency and be treated as a full citizen.
And again, according to the previously referenced NCTE/Task Force
report, fifty-three percent (53%) of trans and gender non-conforming
respondents reported being verbally harassed or disrespected in a place
of public accommodation, including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports
and government agencies.
Also, one fifth (22%) were denied equal treatment by a government
agency or official; twenty-nine percent (29%) reported police harassment
or disrespect; and twelve percent (12%) had been denied equal treatment
or harassed by judges or court officials.
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