REPORT: Transgender People From Native Populations Face Increased Injustice

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has released its fourth and final report analyzing the intersection of race and gender identity among transgender and gender non-conforming people who completed the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. As has been evident with other racial groups, transgender American Indians and Alaskan Native respondents experienced unique levels of discrimination because of their overlapping identities:

  • Native trans people faced incredibly high rates of extreme poverty, with 23 percent reporting a household income of less than $10,000 per year, compared to 15 percent of all trans people, 8 percent of the general native population, and 4 percent of all U.S. citizens.
  • Native trans people faced higher rates of HIV infection (3.24 percent) and not knowing their status (8.53 percent).
  • Over half (56 percent) of all American Indian and Alaskan Native transgender respondents have attempted suicide, compared to 41 percent of all student respondents.
  • Native trans people face inordinately high rates of unemployment (18 percent), and many have lost a job due to bias (37 percent) or were not hired due to bias (60 percent).
  • 34 percent of native trans people have been refused medical care due to bias.

Read the full report for additional data about the inequities faced by transgender Native Americans, and revisit past reports about trans Asian American, Latino, and black respondents.