41% of trans people in US south deal with violence from police

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Almost half of transgender, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming people in America’s southern states experience “high levels of violence by law enforcement,” especially when it comes to people of color, who are a half more likely to be abused by the police than white people. Of the 135 respondents, 32 percent were trans women, 31 percent were gender non-binary and 20 percent were trans masculine.The Grapevine: A Southern Trans Report was carried out by the Transgender Law Center at Southerners on New Ground (TLC@SONG), a collaboration between two LGBT+ advocacy groups based in Atlanta, Georgia. Southern regional organizer for TLC@SONG Kayla Gore is a black trans woman herself, so she treats the results of the research as a very personal issue. The one constant through the widespread discrimination we face is our ability to support and rely on each other, which is why it’s incredibly powerful to have data created by and for trans and gender nonconforming people living in the South,” she commented the data, “Trans Southerners like me can use the Grapevine Report as proof of our lived experiences as we advocate for the resources, services, and solutions our communities need.”

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