Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation Needed!

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The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released their report on transgender discrimination entitled “Injustice at Every Turn.”  This report is the largest survey conducted on the transgender community in the United States, and contains some startling, yet unsurprising, statistics that reveal the harsh extent of structural and societal discrimination against trans people in the United States.  The full report can be found through this link:

Here is a quick summary of some of the statistics from this report from the blog Feministing:

  • 41 percent of the more than 6,400 respondents reported having attempted suicide
  • 90 percent said that they had been harassed or discriminated against
  • Transgender people have double the rate of unemployment and compared to the general population
  • They are four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, with a household income of less than $10,000 a year
  • 47 percent said that they had experienced discriminatory workplace treatment, like being fired or denied a promotion, because of their gender identity

The report highlights the need for the passage of legislation that explicitly prohibits discrimination against trans people.  In NY State, these statistics make it extremely urgent to have the Gender Expression and Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) passed this year.  GENDA would prevent discrimination against transgender people by adding “gender identity and expression” to existing New York State human rights laws.  The passage of this Act would protect transgender people in NY state from discrimination in the vital areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, education, and credit.

Trans people are entitled to the same rights as other citizens in the United States, including the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  The LGBT Issues Committee at MYD is fully committed to ending transgender discrimination  and fighting for the passage of GENDA this year.