Bias & discrimination against the transgender community

Learn about how implicit bias and explicit discrimination show up and impact the transgender community.
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Understand how bias and inequity show up for the transgender community

Inequities and disparities

Transgender people are more likely to experience economic and health inequities and disparities which can have a devastating impact. For instance, transgender people are at higher risk for:
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  1. Suicide:
    41% of transgender people say that they've attempted suicide at some point.

  2. Homelessness:
    1 in 5 transgender people have experienced homelessness.
    1 in 3 (29%) report being turned away from a shelter.
    1 in 5 (19%) in the U.S. have been refused a home or apartment.
    More than 1 in 10 (11%) have been evicted due to their gender identity.

  3. Homelessness and Discrimination in Housing:
    1 in 5 transgender people has experienced homelessness at some time in their lives because of discrimination or family rejection.
    Transgender people facing homelessness also face discrimination from agencies that should be helping them, with nearly 1 in 3 (29%) reporting being turned away from a shelter.
    1 in 5 transgender people (19%) in the United States has been refused a home or apartment, and more than 1 in 10 (11%) have been evicted because of their gender identity.

  4. HIV/AIDS:
    Transgender people, specifically transgender women of color, are at a higher risk for HIV.
    It's estimated that 1 in 4 Black transgender people in the U.S. live with HIV/AIDS.

  5. Workplace Discrimination:
    Identity documents that don't match a person's presentation of their gender can be a barrier to work and travel. These instances can also expose transgender people to harassment, violence, prejudice, job loss, and more.

  6. Violence:
    Transgender people are often the targets of violent acts.

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