Report: Almost Half Of Transgender Latinos Have Attempted Suicide

New analysis has been released from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey that shows the compounding effect of bias and discrimination against Latino/a transgender people. The “devastating” effect of anti-trans bias and institutional bias has severe consequences for this community in housing, health care, education, employment, and overall quality of life. Here are some highlights from the new analysis:

  • 28 percent of Latino/a transgender people live in extreme poverty, with an income of less than $10,000/year.
  • Latino/a transgender people face incredibly high rates of HIV infection, with 8.44 percent reporting they are HIV-positive and an additional 10.23 percent reporting they did not know their status. The chart at right shows how disproportionate these rates are.
  • 47 percent of Latino/a respondents reported having attempted suicide.
  • 77 percent of Latino/a respondents attending school reported experience harassment, and 21 percent had to leave their schools because it was so severe.
  • When the unemployment rate for the general public was 7 percent, it was 20 percent for Latino/a transgender people.
  • 23 percent of Latino/a transgender people reported being refused medical care due to bias.

Read the full report in English or Spanish for more information. Today’s report is a product of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. The Task Force previously released a report examining the experience of people who are black/African-American and transgender.