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Latinx transgender people experience heightened levels of discrimination in the workforce, in housing, and in school.

Transgender Issues

Trans Lives Matter: Transgender people shouldn’t be discriminated against based on their gender identity or expression. 


of Latinx respondents reported having attempted suicide.

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A study conducted by the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality revealed wide spread discrimination by transgender Latinx people. 


Among the key findings: 

  • Latinx transgender people had a very high unemployment rate at 20 percent, higher than the overall transgender sample (14 percent) and more nearly three times the rate of the general population at the time the survey was fielded (7 percent).​

  • Latinx transgender people often live in extreme poverty with 28 percent reporting a household income of less than $10,000/year. This is nearly double the rate for transgender people of all races (15 percent), over five times the general Latinx population rate (5 percent), and seven times the general U.S. population rate (4 percent). The rate for Latino/a non-citizen respondents was 43 percent.

  • Latinx transgender people were affected by HIV in devastating numbers. One in twelve Latinx respondents were HIV-positive and an additional 10 percent reported that they did not know their status.

  • Forty-seven percent of Latinx respondents reported having attempted suicide.

    • Latinx respondents who attended school as transgender people reported alarming rates of harassment (77 percent), physical assault (36 percent), and sexual assault (13 percent) in K-12; harassment was so severe that it led 21 percent to leave school. Nine percent were also expelled due to bias.

    • Twenty-seven percent of Latinx respondents said they had experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, nearly four times the rate of the general US population (7.4 percent).

    • Twenty-three percent of Latinx transgender people reported being refused medical care due to bias.

No member of anyone’s family should face discrimination.

Schools should teach respect to prevent bullying.

Latinx families are stronger when they are together.

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