The pressure on those within the transgender community, both externally and internally, can be overwhelming. There can be feelings of isolation, a lack of understanding and belief that others outside the transgender community don't care about you-Thomi Clinton, Transgender Community Coalition
Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face many forms of discrimination that affect their health. To achieve health equity, we need to understand the current health status of ALL Inland Empire residents. When it comes to transgender health, there is limited information about the health issues affecting this population.
The collection and use of data is fundamental to ensuring an equitable distribution of public health resources and the development and provision of accessible health programs. Data on the health and wellness needs of the transgender community is severely lacking. This report and needs assessment survey it summarizes are among the first steps in improving our understanding of the transgender community.
- Respondents to the survey had higher education levels but lower income levels than the general population.
- 1/4 respondents reported experiencing verbal harassment at work, and nearly 3/4 of respondents reported being bullied or harassed by other students at school.
Despite recent advances in visibility and equality, this report documents the continued discrimination, social stigmatization and harassment, transgender people face. As a result of these chronic stressors, many transgender people struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts.
This report can be used by local agencies seeking funding and as a tool for health care organizations to assist them in understanding how they can be a resource for this under-served population.