Transgender Pennsylvanians face unique challenges at work, at school, and in our communities.
According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey:
- 74% of transgender Pennsylvanians reported experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job; 26% lost a job.
- Those who expressed a transgender identity or gender non-conformity while in grades K-12 reported alarming rates of harassment (74%), physical assault (23%) and sexual violence (9%). Harassment was so severe that it led 11% to leave a school in K-12 settings or leave higher education.
- Likely due to employment discrimination and discrimination in school, transgender Pennsylvanians report experiencing poverty at higher rates than the general population: 12% of respondents had a household income of $10,000 or less, compared to 4% of the general population, which is 3 times the rate of poverty.
- 49% were verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation or service, including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies.
- 15% were refused medical care due to their gender identity/expression.
These shocking statistics underscore the need for immediate action to ensure that transgender people are treated fairly and equally under the law.
Equality Pennsylvania is dedicated to ending discrimination and violence against transgender Pennsylvanians through advocacy and education. In every local and statewide policy we support, transgender people are specifically protected – including laws that will prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
But it’s critical that we also educate the public about what it means to be transgender. Laws don’t always change lives, and at Equality Pennsylvania, we’re committed to educating our friends and neighbors to ensure that all Pennsylvanians, including transgender individuals, can live openly without fear of abuse or discrimination.