A new study of minority trans people has found appalling rates of poverty and health among this marginalized community. Being transgendered and Latino in America gives you 28% chance of living in a household that makes less than $10,000 per year.
Other depressing figures from the report (.pdf) by the National Coalition for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
- unemployment rate of 20% among Latino/a transgender people (this was back when the national unemployment rate was 7%)
- 47% of Latino/a transgender people have attempted suicide
- 8.44% HIV positive rate, compared to .60% for the general population. Note the decimal point movement there.
Cheery stuff, eh? That stats are pretty bad, but I honestly expected even better. In a nation where the fact that Black unemployment is more than twice that of whites
doesn’t spur any meaningful action, it’s only to be expected that the combination of being a minority and being transgender will lead to generally bad economic and health outcomes relative to the general population. I’m outraged, but I mostly already knew a lot of this after being a part of the community and, ya know, reading the news every once in a while.
For anyone that didn’t realize that things were this terrible: maybe take a look at the actual .pdf report.