Despite massive inroads, like the history-making election of politician Danica Roem to the Virginia statehouse on Nov. 8, transgender people in the United States face enormous amounts of discrimination, in nearly every sector — and this discrimination is compounded for trans people of color. A recent report has found that Latinx trans folks in the U.S. experience worse outcomes than other groups when it comes to employment, housing, health, and more. Though the experience of identifying as Latinx (which is distinct from Hispanic) encompasses a large number of racial identities, Latinx and Hispanic folks in this country still comprise a marginalized minority, especially in today's political climate.
The report was collated from data produced by the National Center for Transgender Equality in its 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, the biggest attempt yet to quantify the transgender experience in America. It received survey answers from 27,715 respondents in every state, looking at areas from employment to housing to poverty. Now, the NCTE has combined forces with the TransLatin@ Coalition to examine the specifics of the data as it relates to the Latinx transgender community.
In the year and a half since the Pulse Nightclub shooting, where 90 percent of the victims were Latinx, new attention has been focused on the particular experience of being a part of the queer Latinx community in America. And the new study shows that Latinx transgender people in particular are seriously vulnerable.