A new report, based on the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, discusses the findings of 1,261 people who reported being both transgender or gender non-conforming and having served in the military at some point. This was 20% of the overall survey respondents, a figure that is twice the 10% military service rate of the overall U.S. population.
The findings include:
- Trans veterans were more likely than non-veterans to have lost a job (36%), not been hired (53%), and have experienced on-the-job harassment (54%), physical violence (9%) and sexual assault (8%) because of their gender identity or history.
- Trans veterans were more likely than non-veteran trans people to have been evicted from their home or apartment due to bias (14%) and to have experienced homelessness (18%).
- Nine percent of those who had served had been discharged because of being transgender or gender nonconforming.
The report, “Still Serving in Silence: Transgender Service Members in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” is available free at http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/still_serving_in_silence.pdf