Tomorrow the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to take up — and expected to send on to the full Senate — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a long-pending bill that would outlaw employment discrimination against LGBT people.
In honor of this new ENDA push, we dusted off our copy of “An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans,” a guide that was collaboratively produced by a number of LGBT organizations. It addresses what some would call “The Gay Agenda,” giving data and background on the following LGBT wish list: Continue reading
Most LGBT older adults probably don’t think about their birth certificates much, but they are critical documents to transgender people who are no longer living as the sex they were assigned at birth.
Like most other identification documents, birth certificates – needed for such things as obtaining a passport – have the potential to “out” a transgender person when the recipient realizes the name and/or sex on the document doesn’t match the application or intake form. To remain safe from discrimination and/or to keep their personal medical history private, many transgender people try to change these documents so everything aligns. Continue reading
In the second of our series, here’s FORGE’s new fact sheet pulling together key employment-related statistics from the new NCTE/NGLTF study, “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.”
Getting and staying on the job
- Transgender and gender non-conforming respondents experienced unemployment at twice the rate of the general public
- Over one-quarter (26%) reported that they had lost a job due to being transgender or gender non-conforming
- MTFs: 36%
- FTMs: 19%
- 47% have experienced an adverse job outcome, “such as being fired, not hired or denied a promotion because of being transgender or gender non-conforming”
Last week the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) issued a long-awaited and groundbreaking study — the largest ever — of transgender and gender non-conforming people and their experiences of discrimination, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (available at http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf). The study is truly fascinating, providing “proof” of things many of us knew, but also providing a heretofore invisible mapping of the transgender community’s tremendous diversity. Over the next few days and weeks, GrayPrideParade and its parent organization, FORGE, will write and post here a series of articles on this 200-page report, highlighting specific topics. Today, it’s “fast facts” about transgender and gender non-conforming people’s experiences with health care, including some facts health care practitioners ought to know about who is walking through their doors.
“I was forced to have a pelvic exam by a doctor when I went in for a sore throat. The doctor invited others to look at me while he examined me and talked to them about my genitals.”
Experiences of abuse and discrimination
- 28% had been subjected to harassment in a medical setting
- 26% had been physically assaulted in at least one health care setting
- 24% had been denied equal treatment at a doctor’s office or hospital
- 19% had been refused medical care due to being transgender or gender non-conforming (the rate was higher for transgender people of color)
- 13% had been denied equal treatment at an emergency room
- 10% had been sexually assaulted in at least one health care setting