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Latinx Transgender People Face More Discrimination And Hurdles Than Others In The Trans Community

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In a society that struggles to drop its rigid views of what gender means, the sexual orientations and identities of trans individuals are often tied with discrimination and abuse. In the country’s most in-depth survey of transgender people in the U.S., the National Center for Transgender Equality has underlined the ways in which Latinx members suffer most. While the majority of Latinx participants in the survey were American citizens, 3 percent were made up of permanent residents, 2 percent were undocumented residents, 1 percent were visa holders and DACA recipients made up another 1 percent. All surveyed resided within the 48 states, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.

Results from the study found that participants who identified as Latinx and trans had a rate of unemployment that was three times higher than the national average.

Twenty-one percent of surveyed trans Latinx people reported being unemployed, while 12 percent of white trans people surveyed reported the same. Meanwhile, 43 percent of Latinx individuals in the survey reported living in poverty, compared to 12 percent of the general U.S. population.

The report also turned up with appalling findings concerning community and government outreach to the Latinx transgender population.

According to the survey, 59 percent of Latinx participants reported feeling somewhat to very uncomfortable asking the police for help. And it’s no wonder why, considering 66 percent also reported experiencing mistreatment by police or some other form of law enforcement officials in the past year alone. Outside of the survey, the Human Rights Campaign reported 25 murdered transgender people in 2017. What’s more, a 2016 Human Rights Watch report revealed that immigration detention centers often place trans Latinas in male facilities. There the women regularly face aggressions such as sexual assault, harassment and even the denial of HIV treatment and hormone replacement therapy.

Numbers from the survey are not only harrowing to look at but also extremely telling of the amount of progress needed in our country. They also give us insight into how these stressful conditions affect the community. Forty-five percent of those who had been surveyed for the National Center for Transgender Equality report said that in the month leading up to the survey they had experienced extreme psychological distress caused by the stressors discussed in the survey.


Read: Here’s Why An Undocumented Trans Latina Helped Create The LGBTQ Pride March Of Our Lifetime

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All Latinos With Big Families Will Understand The Emotional Rollercoaster That Is Hosting Thanksgiving

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All Latinos With Big Families Will Understand The Emotional Rollercoaster That Is Hosting Thanksgiving

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We all know what is going to happen next week. Every cousin, aunt, uncle, and stranger your family has ever met will be gathering in one house for Thanksgiving. It’s cool and all to have that happen but there is always a downside to that many people being under the same roof for that long. Here is just some of the stuff that is bound to go down when your familia is hosting the big meal.

Before anyone even shows up there will be air mattresses everywhere.

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Your mom probably went to Target and bought every last one. It’s fine except you can’t get anywhere in the house without tripping over them.

Everyone manages to arrive at the same time and you spend hours greeting everyone.

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You might ask yourself: “When did my family get so big?” The answer is that you family gets bigger every week and it just doesn’t make sense anymore. PS — you might also ask yourself: “Who are all these people?”

You realize that it’ll be a fight to keep your room.

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Mainly because you know that your tíos with the new baby get dibs on all fully furnished rooms.

Let’s not even talk about the chaos that is going to the bathroom.

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Everyone always has to pee at the same time and it is just one big mess. If Gloria spends another 30 minutes in there, you’re going to lose it and then you’re the one in trouble.

Inside you are feeling a little like this:

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Nothing gets your blood boiling like when your cousin starts using your shoes without asking and for no reason.

But outwardly you know it’s in your best interest to be like this:

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Calm. Poised. Collected. Not at all planning to sabotage the whole stay.

But, suddenly, things take a turn and you start to really enjoy everyone around you.

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Maybe it is the holiday spirit. Maybe it is the food. All you know is that you are finally enjoying yourself and that’s great.

Seriously. The party is lit AF and you are here for it.

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You: “No. I don’t mind listening to ‘Suavemente’ again for the fourth time!” And you actually mean that.

It isn’t long until some one busts out a guitar and then it is family karaoke time.

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You rarely know the words but you sway along anyway.

By the end of the family trip you are so in love with your family that you can’t stand to see them leave.

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And they will be back for Christmas and this cycle will repeat itself.


READ: 11 Things Only a Person From a Big Latino Family Will Understand

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