The fact is that transgender people—in particular, transgender people of color—have simply not experienced the same strides forward as their lesbian, gay and bisexual brothers and sisters. A landmark new report, ‘Injustice at Every Turn,’ presents undeniable proof. This report, released on Friday, is based on a comprehensive survey of over 6,000 transgender people and the findings are too shocking to ignore, especially when it comes to African-American transgender people.
Our transgender brothers and sisters are far more likely to lack proper medical care, to be unemployed, to live in extreme poverty, and to be HIV-positive—and that’s when compared to their white transgender counterparts, not just the general population. The survey’s respondents were four times more likely than the general population to live in extreme poverty. One in five reported having been refused a home or apartment, another one in five report having been refused health care. More than one in five, 22 percent, reported having been harassed by law enforcement, and nearly half reported fear of seeking assistance from police. African American respondents reported all of this in even higher numbers.
I mean for some perspective, how do you think the average person reacts to the question “Does transgender discrimination exist?”. Most probably wouldn’t answer the question not because they don’t believe in its existence but probably because in the minds of most people being Transgender is anywhere from “weird” to an abomination.
Therefore if for many of the same people who are willing to say “racism doesn’t exist and that the denial of rights to homosexuals is a matter of defense of religion rather than for hatred of homosexuals” the question can be brushed off without thought under the assumption that “everyone agrees” then you know you have an incredibly long road ahead of you. Maybe almost longer than anyone else though the problems are partial interrelated both in their causation and gradual improvement.
“She [my wife] supported me in April [at Strikeforce Nashville]. After I lost, many people blamed me, but she helped me through it all. The people who mocked me in my fight versus Melendez, I wanted to kill them all. Even in this fight [at DREAM 15], too many people said ‘Kawajiri would win!’. I felt like telling these people ‘Go to hell!’. Oh, what was the question? About my marriage…”—Shinya Aoki (via middleeasy)