Survey of over 92,000 peopleIn the United States, we found that the majority of people report increased life satisfaction after transitioning, despite facing discrimination in health care and work environments.
Initial insights from the study, which aims to broadly examine the experiences of transgender people in the United States, were released Thursday. Although the study found that many people who identify as transgender or non-binary deal with discrimination in the workplace or in medical settings, those who have transitioned are generally satisfied with their post-transition lives. It is shown that.
Some respondents said they were even considering moving across state lines to avoid discriminatory laws.
Dr. Joshua Safer, executive director of the Transgender Center, said, “For those of us who provide gender-affirming care, nearly all of our patients are very satisfied with their medical care, but there is some hostility in some parts of society.” “I realized that I was feeling anxious because of this.” Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York.
Survey shows increased satisfaction after migration
When asked how he felt about his life after that,more than three-quarters of respondents said they were “very satisfied” with their lives, and 15% said they were “a little more satisfied.”
3% of respondents said their life satisfaction remained the same after transitioning. A similar proportion of people were also less satisfied, with 1% saying they were “somewhat dissatisfied” with their lives and 2% saying they were “very dissatisfied.”
Safer said the findings “reflect what we in the medical profession believe we actually see” and said the statistics on gender-affirming hormone treatments are “particularly shocking.”
people who were takingThey overwhelmingly reported being more satisfied with their lives. 84% of people said that taking hormones that matched their gender identity had made them “a lot more satisfied,” and a further 14% said that taking hormones had made them “a little more satisfied.” ” he answered.
Research shows that people who have had surgery to align with their gender identity are even more likely to be satisfied with their lives, with 88% of people who have had at least one surgery to align with their gender identity feeling more satisfied with their lives. Respondents answered that their satisfaction with life had increased significantly. They are satisfied with their lives.” A further 9% of respondents said they were “a little more satisfied.” One percent said the surgery had no effect on them, but less than 2% said they were somewhat or significantly less satisfied after undergoing sex reassignment surgery.
“If we want to improve the well-being of transgender people seeking health care, our best chance for improvement is through early access to care and increased support from society at large,” Safer said.
Despite progress, respondents still suffer from medical and workplace abuse
When it comes to healthcare, nearly a quarter of respondents said they did not see a doctor when needed in the past year.. About half of people who have seen a health care provider in the past year said they had at least one negative experience because they were transgender. The health care provider used harsh or abusive language, and was physically abusive or abusive.In some cases, the patient or refused care.
At work, more than one in 10 people surveyed said they had been fired, forced to resign, or otherwise lost their job because of their fault.. The unemployment rate among survey respondents was 18%. Meanwhile, about one-third of respondents said they had experienced poverty, and 30% said they had experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
Those surveyed generally said they had experienced harassment or violence because of their gender identity, with nearly one in 10 respondents saying so.In the past year because of their identity and expression. Nearly a third of respondents said they had been verbally harassed, and 39% said they had been verbally harassed. .
Three percent said they had been physically attacked in the past year. 4% of people said they had been denied access to the restroom in a public place at work or school because of their gender identity in the past year, and 4% said they had been verbally harassed, physically attacked, or assaulted. 6% were people.When accessing or using the toilet.
Respondents say they experience harassment and discrimination and move across state lines to avoid it
Many respondents said they had dealt with some form of discrimination, and nearly half said they had considered moving from their home state because:Targeting transgender people.
“Gender-affirming care can help transgender people be more satisfied with their lives,” Rodrigo Hen-Lehtinen, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in an email to CBS News. This is made clear by the data.” “Yet, we see discriminatory policies in states across the country that create barriers to such care and cause real harm.”
Nearly half of respondents said they considered moving to another state because their home state’s government “considered or passed legislation that would subject transgender people to unequal treatment.”, or . Five percent of respondents, or one in 20 people, said they had actually moved because of these laws.
According to the survey, the top 10 states to which respondents moved due to laws targeting transgender people were:, , Georgia; , , , , And Virginia. These states were listed in the study alphabetically, not by the number of people who moved from them.
40% of respondents said they had considered moving to another area because of discrimination or unequal treatment in their area, but 10% of respondents said they had actually considered moving to another area because of discrimination or unequal treatment in their area. I have moved to
The National Center for Transgender Equality will share the insights from a survey of more than 92,000 transgender and nonbinary people ages 16 and older in the United States, U.S. territories, and U.S. military bases overseas over a six-week period in 2022. Based on collected data.