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In Austin and San Antonio
Chuck Smith
Interim Executive Director, Equality Texas
512-474-5475 x2
chuck@equalitytexas.org


In Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth
Daniel Williams
Field Organizer, Equality Texas
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danielwilliams@equalitytexas.org


New Survey Finds Transgender Texans Face High Levels of Discrimination

AUSTIN, TX (October 16, 2012) — Transgender Texans face high levels of discrimination according to an analysis released today, Findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Texas Results.

This analysis, created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality and released by Equality Texas and the Transgender Education Network of Texas, is a breakout 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 Texas-focused analysis shows the specifics of what is happening in this state:


•    79% of Transgender Texans reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job

•    Those who expressed a transgender identity or gender non-conformity while in grades K-12 reported alarming rates of physical assault (46%)

•    47% of Transgender Texans reported being verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation or service, including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies.


“Transgender individuals have long suffered under the stigma of gender identities or gender expressions outside of what is called ‘normal,’” says Katy Stewart, president of the Transgender Education Network of Texas. “What is not usually known is that simply having a different gender identity or expression has long had dire consequences. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the first national survey of its kind of trans and gender non-conforming individuals, concretely demonstrates that reality. It is a pleasure that finally, today, we have the data from that survey specific to Texas as a state. Now the work of truly treating every Texan with dignity and respect can be lived more fully.”


“This report graphically demonstrates the discrimination faced by Transgender Texans,” says Equality Texas interim executive director Chuck Smith. “In our state, where the right of self-determination is so valued, it is unconscionable that anyone would be denied the ability to earn a living, to live where they choose or to be educated. Equality Texas calls on the members of the Texas Legislature to join us in working to ensure that all Texans are given the ability to live as their authentic selves.”


“By shedding light on the discrimination that transgender Americans face, this study poses a challenge to us all. No one should be out of a job, living in poverty, or faced with sub-par health care simply because of their gender identity or expression. The scope of the problem is clear, and now we must come together to solve it,” says Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.


“States across the country have made a lot of progress toward ensuring safety, jobs, and homes for transgender people,” says Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, “but this research points out persistent gaps in the fair and equal treatment of transgender people.”


Additional contacts for interviews available upon request.


Findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Texas Results are available on Equality Texas’ website at https://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35034/images/TEXAS_RESULTS_Tran_Discrimination_Survey_2012.pdf  and on http://endtransdiscrimination.org/.


For the full Injustice at Every Turn report, go to http://endtransdiscrimination.org/PDFs/NTDS_Report.pdf.

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