Virginia Data On Transgender Discrimination Released
Transgender and gender non-conforming people in Virginia face high levels of discrimination according to an analysis released by Equality Virginia and partner organizations. Findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Virginia Results, an analysis created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality and released by Equality Virginia, Coalition for Transgender Rights in Virginia, Richmond Transformers, Black Transmen, Inc., Gender Expression Movement and Ladies of the Blue Ridge - Transgender Alliance, is a break out of the comprehensive national study released last year, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which revealed widespread discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people across the country.
A key finding of the full report was that, even given the high levels of discrimination against all transgender people in the U.S., people of color experienced heightened levels of discrimination and had worse outcomes than the sample overall. Transgender and gender non-conforming people of color faced the combination of anti-transgender bias with structural and interpersonal racism. The new Virginia-focused analysis shows the specifics of what is happening in this state:
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- 80% reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job
- 22% lost a job
- 26% were denied a promotion
- 44% were not hired