This week, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Center for Transgender Equality, and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance released a new report analyzing the experience of people who are both transgender and have an Asian/Pacific Islander (API) ethnicity. Using data from the Injustice At Every Turn study of transgender Americans, the study examined the compounding inequities specifically for Asian Americans and uncovers some disconcerting results:
- Of all trans people, the API faces the highest rates of extreme poverty (18 percent), which is six times the general API population (3 percent) and over four time the general U.S. population rate (4 percent).
- HIV devastates this community, with nearly 5 percent reporting they are HIV-positive (compared to 2.64 percent of trans people, .01 percent of API people, and .6 percent of the U.S. population) and an additional 10. 48 percent report not knowing their status.
- Among API trans people, 56 percent have attempted suicide in response to the discrimination they’ve experienced.
- Though individuals with accepting families faced lower rates of discrimination, only 44 percent reported experiencing significant acceptance.
The report also provides data about discrimination in housing and homelessness, the workplace, and healthcare. It can be read in numerous languages. Previous analyses have been released looking at the experiences of black and Latino transgender Americans.