- Harassment: 78% of survey respondents who expressed a transgender identity or gender non-conformity while in grades K-12 reported harassment; harassment was so severe that it led almost one-sixth (15%) to leave a school in K-12 settings or in higher education.
- Acceptance: 57% of respondents experienced significant family rejection.
- Extreme Poverty: Respondents were nearly four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000/year compared to the general population.
- Homelessness: One in five respondents reported experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives because they were transgender or gender non-conforming.
But here's the good news: "Despite all of the harassment, mistreatment, discrimination and violence faced by respondents, study participants also demonstrated determination, resourcefulness and perseverance:
- Although the survey identified major structural barriers to obtaining health care, 76% of transgender respondents have been able to receive hormone therapy, indicating a determination to endure the abuse or search out sensitive medical providers.
- Despite high levels of harassment, bullying and violence in school, many respondents were able to obtain an education by returning to school. Although fewer 18 to 24-yearolds were currently in school compared to the general population, respondents returned to school in large numbers at later ages, with 22% of those aged 25-44 currently in school (compared to 7% of the general population).
- Over three-fourths (78%) reported feeling more comfortable at work and their performance improving after transitioning, despite reporting nearly the same rates of harassment at work as the overall sample.
- Of the 26% who reported losing a job due to bias, 58% reported being currently employed and of the 19% who reported facing housing discrimination in the form of a denial of a home/apartment, 94% reported being currently housed."