Are you sitting down? Good.
Last night, the National Center for Transgender Equality released the results of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. I encourage you to view the press conference, read the executive summary, and/or read the full report. The full report is comprehensive, including very specific breakdowns, specifics, and narratives from survey respondents.
View them at http://www.ustranssurvey.org/.
To be honest, I’m not sure what to say about this. The results are heart breaking and heart warming, but above all, they are real. These are real experiences of trans people across the US, interacting with institutions that claim to be about the greater good, about serving all people, about upholding Title VII and Title IX, but time and time again, we see that doesn’t happen. These are real experiences of trans people across the US, interacting with people, their family, friends, communities, peers, strangers.
Where do we go from here? Well, take a second, google some funny animals and come back.
Educate yourself. Read everything you can. Get to know the trans people in your life. Continue to learn. To get started, look back at our post: Transgender Employees and Overcoming Barriers to Employment.
Read more about being an ally by googling “tips to being a trans ally.” Do your own work. It’s not easy.