Monday, December 17, 2018

New Report Sheds Light on the Experiences of Latino/a Transgender People in the U.S.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the largest surveyor of transgender people in the nation released a new report last week adding to their 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. The new report found disproportionately higher health disparities and patterns of discrimination against the Latino/a Transgender community.

“The full report of the U.S. Transgender Survey showed us some incredibly important data… now, this report will allow advocates to do similar work that is targeted specifically at improving the lives of Latino/a transgender people.” NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said in a statement sent to NBC News.

According to the new report, 21 percent of the survey’s Latino/a transgender respondents were unemployed, three times the national unemployment rate (5 percent). The results also noted that 43 percent said they were living in poverty, and more than 30 percent of respondents claimed to have experienced homelessness in the past due to their transgender identity.

“Having specific information about trans Latin@s in the United States is one of the most important elements for us to be validated,” said TransLatin@ Coalition President Bamby Salcedo.

The report also observed the relationship between the transgender Latino/a community and law enforcement with 60 percent of respondents stating that they would feel somewhat or very uncomfortable asking the police for help, compared to 53 percent of white transgender respondents.

NBC News