Most transgender Americans do their best not to use public bathrooms

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The National Center for Transgender Equality today released the findings of the largest ever survey of trans people in the US, which reached 27,715 respondents from across the US. The survey revealed the shocking effect of the anti-trans bathroom war waged by evangelicals and Republicans in a bid to roll back LGBT rights reforms. It found that 59% have avoided bathrooms in the last year because they feared confrontations in public restrooms at work, at school, or in other places. The fear of using public bathrooms is so severe that 31% have avoided drinking or eating so that they did not need to use the restroom.

12% of trans people said they have been harassed, attacked, or sexually assaulted in a bathroom in the past year, while 24% report that someone told them they were challenged over their choice of toilet. Trans people face huge barriers in employment, with the unemployment rate at 15%, three timed higher than the general population. One-third (30%) of respondents have been homeless, 12% in the past year. Forty percent (40%) have attempted suicide in their lifetime, nearly nine times the rate in the general population (4.6%). One in ten (10%) respondents who were out to their immediate family reported that a family member was violent towards them because they were transgender. One in twelve (8%) were kicked out of the house, and one in ten (10%) ran away from home.
Only 11% of respondents reported that all of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred. A staggering 39% of respondents were currently experiencing serious psychological distress.

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