I haven’t watched a video that made me smile as much as this in a while. :)
The largest survey to date (6,450 participants) of transgender people and their experiences has revealed that
- 41% of respondents have tried to commit suicide (26 times the national average)
- The transgender community is 4-5 times more likely to live in extreme poverty and twice as likely to be unemployed.
- 26% had lost a job because they were transgender (accounting for those not hired in the first place or denied promotions, that number increases to 47%)
- 90% report workplace harassment/mistreatment
- 19% had been refused housing and 11% had been evicted as a result of being transgender
- Transgender people are far more likely to be forced into the “underground economy,” in the sex and drug trade.
- The incidence HIV in the transgender community is 4 times the national average.
- 22% report being harassed by the police
- 19% have been refused medical care because of their gender identity, the rate is higher for those of color
- Almost 3% report having been attacked in ERs.
Important to note:
- Discrimination against transgender people is legal in 38 states. Discrimination against LGB people is legal in 29 states.
Reposting for relevancy.
The unknown is the root of all fear. Not understanding something terrifies us. It’s why we run away from people or things that are different, and why we stretch our knowledge and make up statistics. We long to sound like we know what we’re talking about and have everyone agree with us. 5-year-old tattle-tales do it just as much as 70-year-old politicians. It’s a simple fact of life: We don’t know all the facts, but we all wish we did.
She’s made films about Takarazuka (first time an outsider was ever allowed backstage), transsexual Japanese guys, Kenya women fighting female circumcision, female sumo wrestlers, Iranian women getting divorces, female refugees in Iran, and most recently about troubled kids.
Basically, I want to be her when I grow up.
Read more about her here.