WASHINGTON – Latino and Latina transgender and gender non-conforming people face some of the highest levels of discrimination of all transgender people according to an analysis released earlier this month.
The report, “Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Latino/a Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” was put together by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is a supplement an earlier study, “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.”
A key finding of the original report was that even given the unconscionable levels of discrimination against all transgender people in the U.S., people of color, including Latinos/as, experienced heightened levels of discrimination and had worse outcomes than the sample overall. Additionally, the findings reveal that immigration status also plays a role in these outcomes with non-citizen Latino/a respondents often reporting even worse experiences.
“This study shows how devastating multiple discrimination is for Latino and Latina transgender people,” says LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “We are committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation and gender identity are respected and treated fairly. We call upon other Latino groups to join us as we fight for the right of transgender people to live without fear of discrimination, harassment or violence. We will not stand idly by in a society where equality is not within everyone’s reach.”