District of Columbia Trans Survey Data

DC Transgender Data
DC Transgender Data
DC Transgender Data

The National Center for Transgender Equality has released a new fact sheet with the District of Columbia results of the 2015 US Transgender Survey, which documents widespread discrimination against the transgender community in employment, housing, healthcare, and public accommodations.

Of the over 27,000 respondents from across the country, 214 were Washington DC residents

Among the findings:

Identity Documents: Only 16% of respondents reported that all of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred, while 49% reported that none of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred.

Health: In the past year, 24% of respondents did not see a doctor when they needed to because of fear of being
mistreated as a transgender person, and 32% did not see a doctor when needed because they could
not afford it

Police Interactions: Respondents experienced high levels of mistreatment and harassment by police. In the past year, of respondents who interacted with police or other law enforcement officers who thought or knew they
were transgender, 44% experienced some form of mistreatment. This included being verbally harassed,
repeatedly referred to as the wrong gender, physically assaulted, or sexually assaulted, including being
forced by officers to engage in sexual activity to avoid arrest.

Employment: 10% of respondents in Washington, D.C. were unemployed  26% of respondents who have ever been employed reported losing a job in their lifetime because of
their gender identity or expression

The full Washington, DC Report is available on the National Center for Transgender Equality website:

Click here to read the full Washington DC Report

Paid research opportunity for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

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Short Survey for Individuals who are Transgender or Gender Nonconforming – earn a $10 gift card

Currently looking for participants who identify as trans or gender nonconforming and are at least 19 years old for a research study about mental health, resiliency, well-being, and experiences of stigma. Participants are asked to complete a brief set of questions, which is expected to take 30 minutes. Participants will earn a $10 gift card for their time.

To find out more and access the survey, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/TGNCsurvey

This research is being conducted by Debra Hope, a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://psychology.unl.edu/debra-hope) and the TransCollaborations team, a community-based research partnership with TGNC communities in traditionally underserved areas (http://go.unl.edu/transcollaborations). This research has been approved by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s IRB: Protocol 17415. Deb and her team can be reached at transcollaborations@unl.edu.

New Trans Health Coordinator at HAHSTA

Diedre Gray
Diedre Gray
Diedre Gray

The DC Department of Health (DOH) HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) has hired Diedre Gray to serve in a newly created role as the Trans Health Coordinator.   Ken Pettigrew, from HAHSTA, stated:

” Diedre has been at HAHSTA since June 2016 as a Health IMPACT Specialist. Now serving as the Trans Health Coordinator, Diedre will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners from the academic, medical, governmental and community that are involved in transgender health. Diedre will further be responsible for establishing guidelines on approaches for gender affirming procedures like transitioning, hormone replacement therapy, safety and other elements that would have an impact on transgender persons overall health and wellness. Diedre will be working across the agency to inform, support and assess specific needs as it relates to transgender health.”

 

 

 

All Gender Restroom at the Reeves Center

All Gender Restroom

All Gender Restroom

The Reeves Center now has an all-gender restroom located on the first floor of the building.     The new sign outside the restroom states in part:

 “All Gender Restroom. Transgender and gender non-conforming people often face stress, anxiety and mistreatment when accessing the gendered bathroom that is appropriate for them. Providing access to a private non-gendered stall can reduce or even eliminate this burden.”

For several years now, District of Columbia law has required single stall restrooms to be all-gender.   For many government buildings like the Reeves Center, however, all public restrooms are multi-stall and therefore were not covered by the law.

It is our hope that every DC Government Building with at six or more public restrooms will go ahead and designate at least one restroom as an all-gender restroom.  The State Board of Education recently unanimously passed a ceremonial resolution to this effect.   Protecting and Supporting all District Students Ceremonial Resolution, includes this and other initiatives to make DC Schools safe and welcoming to all.  Thanks to Jack Jacobson (Vice President, Ward 2) for his leadership on this effort.

Thank you to the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs for their work on this, as well as the DC Office of Human Rights.   Thanks also to Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, who recently raised this issue at the oversight hearing for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.