Map: Transgender Employment Rights
MJ intern Gavin Aronsen reports:
A landmark survey of 6,450 trans and gender non-conforming people released in February by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force revealed some disturbing numbers:
- Ninety percent of responders reported facing discrimination at work.
- Unemployment rates were double the national average.
- More than a quarter said they had been fired due to their gender identity.
- Those who had lost their jobs were four times as likely to be homeless and 70 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
And, perhaps most remarkably (and most related to Monday’s post), a full 41 percent of responders admitted to having attempted suicide.
Hey look, info trans* people have been putting out there or years! Hurray!
It should also be noted that these numbers affect trans women (especially trans women of color) more than trans men/AMAB trans*, and that typically trans men actually see an INCREASE in employability and pay post-transition, while the opposite is true of trans women. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2012/04/16/11494/the-gay-and-transgender-wage-gap/
It also doesn’t just hurt trans* people, it hurts pretty much everyone else too: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/transgender-issues/the-cost-of-employment-discrimination-against-transgender-residents-of-massachusetts-2/
this is outdated now
there was a court decision recently that declared transgender people are protected under federal non-discrimination laws based on sex ^^
Believe it or not, that’s not some magic fix all. Just because there’s a law against it (it was updated not even a year ago, and this info isn’t that much older), doesn’t mean it stopped happening or has even gotten better.
Also, just wait until someone tries to claim protection under that FEDERAL anti-discrimination law in a place like, say, Texas or Mississippi? You really think that’ll fix it and that it won’t erupt in a fight with the large, large majority against the trans person? Our inclusion in the bill, again less than a year ago, is still very fresh, and very able to be changed and challenged.
It also doesn’t negate the suicide rate or discrimination outside of just being fired for being trans*. In fact, it does diddly shit. One little line on a piece of paper doesn’t do shit.