STUDY: Discrimination May Be A Risk Factor For Transgender Suicide Attempts

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the largest study of transgender people’s experiences, found that 41 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming people have attempted suicide, a rate far higher than the national average of 4.6 percent. Now, an in-depth study of that result reveals how various aspects of anti-trans discrimination and stigma might be contributing to that high rate.

Here’s a look at some of the study’s results about what stressors may be putting transgender people at greater risk for suicide attempts:

It’s important to note that nothing about being transgender or gender non-conforming causes suicidal thinking, nor do any of the above stigmatizing experiences. Still, the research suggests that anti-transgender rejection, discrimination, victimization, and violence are considerable risk factors, particularly when serious mental health conditions may already be present.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nevertheless believes that LGBT nondiscrimination protections, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), are “unnecessary.” It remains legal in 33 states to discriminate against people for being transgender in both employment and housing. Not only is this discrimination clearly taking place, but its consequences are devastating.