Why Support Trans* Advocacy Organizations?

In 2011, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey released the following results for the state of Florida:

  • 81% of those polled reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment in the workplace based on gender identity/expression.
  • The survey reported that harassment within the school environment was so “severe that it led 14%to leave a school in K-12 settings or leave higher education.”
  • Questions related to housing discrimination revealed that 16%of respondents “had become homeless because of their gender identity/expression.”
  • 47% of respondents stated they’d been “verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation or service including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies.
  • The survey further reported “26% (of those polled) were refused medical care due to their gender identity/expression.”
  • 35% reported attempting suicide at some point in their life, nearly 22 times the rate of the general population of 1.6%.
         Trans*Action Florida, http://www.transactionfl.org/home
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