Violence against transgender Americans up since 2016 election

Protestors marching in Washington DC, photo from time.com
  • The survey conducted by the Columbia University said that 70 percent of their transgender respondents reported that they felt higher concerns for their safety since President Donald Trump was elected.
  • In addition, two-thirds of the participants said that they struggled with a range of mental issues including depression and anxiety.
  • The survey also found out that there were 20 percent increase in violence resulting to fatality among transgender victims between 2016 and 2017.

A study revealed that the level of violence and discrimination committed against members of the transgender community had increased since the 2016 US Presidential election.

According to the latest transgender news by the Daily Mail posted on March 13, the survey conducted by the Columbia University said that 70 percent of their transgender respondents reported that they felt higher concerns for their safety since the President Donald Trump was elected.

Trump’s promise

In addition, two-thirds of the participants said that they struggled with a range of mental issues including depression and anxiety, as well as 30 percent reported that they experienced hate crimes after the election.

The survey also found out that there were 20 percent increase in violence resulting to fatality among transgender victims between 2016 and 2017.

In his campaign trail, Trump vowed to push for the rights of the members of the LGBT population.

Experts however believed that the findings of the study did not correspond with his campaign promises, which they thought he didn’t follow through.

Last year, he had announced a ban in recruiting transgender members into the military. The ban was challenged in federal court, resulting in the first transgender recruit recorded for this year.

His administration also removed protection for transgender students in accessing school facilities that match their gender.

Adverse health outcomes

Cindy Veldhuis, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Columbia University School of University said that transgender people suffer psychologically and physically due to the stigma of their identity.

“Coping with a stigmatized identity taxes emotional regulation and coping skills, which in turn leads to poor psychological health outcomes, and greater risk of engagement in negative health behaviors,” Veldhuis explained.

Several studies have pointed out that the systemic, interpersonal and personal forms of stigma on the gender identity of transgender individuals have been associated with adverse health outcomes, which could range from depression, anxiety, tendency to commit suicide, addiction and HIV.

Victims of violence

The number of transgender victims of violence rose according to the Human Rights Campaign. There were 28 deaths of transgender people resulting from fatal attack recorded in 2017, up from 23 in 2016.

This early in 2018, there were already at least six transgender victims killed as a result of violence.

Among the US population, there are 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender.

A Gallup survey from 2016 also showed that 4.1 percent of the American population identified themselves as LGBT, a 3.5 percent increase from 2012. There were 7.3 percent who identify as members of the LGBT community among millenials.

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