REPORT: Intersection Of Transgender And Asian Identities Compounds Inequities
This week, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Center for Transgender Equality, and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance released a new report analyzing the experience of people who are both transgender and have an Asian/Pacific Islander (API) ethnicity. Using data from the Injustice At Every Turn study of transgender Americans, the study examined the compounding inequities specifically for Asian Americans and uncovers some disconcerting results:
- Of all trans people, the API faces the highest rates of extreme poverty (18 percent), which is six times the general API population (3 percent) and over four time the general U.S. population rate (4 percent).
- HIV devastates this community, with nearly 5 percent reporting they are HIV-positive (compared to 2.64 percent of trans people, .01 percent of API people, and .6 percent of the U.S. population) and an additional 10. 48 percent report not knowing their status.
- Among API trans people, 56 percent have attempted suicide in response to the discrimination they’ve experienced.
- Though individuals with accepting families faced lower rates of discrimination, only 44 percent reported experiencing significant acceptance.
The report also provides data about discrimination in housing and homelessness, the workplace, and healthcare. It can be read in numerous languages. Previous analyses have been released looking at the experiences of black and Latino transgender Americans.
A story on some trans experiences in China
Youths are leading the shift toward tolerance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community. Xu Jingxi in Guangzhou and Cheng Anqi in Beijing report.
Xu Hui’s parents locked him in a mill, hired an exorcist and psychologists, and forced him to undergo acupuncture that accidentally pierced his lung, in order to “cure” his feminine behavior. The boy enjoyed playing with his sister’s Barbie dolls and wore bras stuffed with tissue. “I increasingly felt like a girl but didn’t think too much about it,” says the 22-year-old, who now considers herself a woman.
This sort of thing gives me so much life.
(not because Xu Hui had this terrible experience or the misgendering but because it is good to read non-white trans experiences.)
Part of me really wants to ask why they called in Kate Bornstein and not, say, Monica Roberts, but I already know the answer, and it’s sinking in the pit of my gut. Fuckin’ A. (vid is @ links; didn’t show up in the reblog for some reason)
So, this is a discussion that happened on MSNBC where they’re talking about transgender identity in America. It’s a pretty solid discussion, but around ten minutes in, they discuss CeCe’s case. Kate Bornstein talks about it, and inaccurately.
Here is a brief transcription of the that portion of the interview:
Melissa Harris-Perry(newscaster): Now Kate, I actually wanted to talk to you a little bit about a different story around violence which is the CeCe McDonald story, because we’ve been talking here on the show about Jenna Talackova and Miss Universe but the CeCe Mcdonald story also makes me feel an awful lot like the Trayvon Martin story. Can you tell me a little bit more about the CeCe McDonald story?
Kate: Well, uh, yeah. She was beaten savagely by a group of folks and she fought back. And ended up in self defense killing one of her attackers. She was charged with second degree murder, put in the slammer, and that’s that. there’s no hope of reopening the case. and there’s a large petition drive to free CeCe.
MHP: …there’s this idea that she was victimized by hate crimes. in fighting back she ended up being the one charged. so she stood her ground.
KB: yes she did.
I would like to clarify something here:
CeCe was brutally attacked by white people who were using racist and transphobic slurs against her and her friends. She was attacked. There is no equal ground here. She did not fight back. She was not an aggressor in any way. In the attack, one of the attackers was stabbed, and tragically, passed away. There is no clear evidence as to how it happened, but CeCe was the person arrested.
Please inform yourselves.
Please go here: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/ for information and ways to support.
The fact is that transgender people—in particular, transgender people of color—have simply not experienced the same strides forward as their lesbian, gay and bisexual brothers and sisters. A landmark new report, ‘Injustice at Every Turn,’ presents undeniable proof. This report, released on Friday, is based on a comprehensive survey of over 6,000 transgender people and the findings are too shocking to ignore, especially when it comes to African-American transgender people.
Our transgender brothers and sisters are far more likely to lack proper medical care, to be unemployed, to live in extreme poverty, and to be HIV-positive—and that’s when compared to their white transgender counterparts, not just the general population. The survey’s respondents were four times more likely than the general population to live in extreme poverty. One in five reported having been refused a home or apartment, another one in five report having been refused health care. More than one in five, 22 percent, reported having been harassed by law enforcement, and nearly half reported fear of seeking assistance from police. African American respondents reported all of this in even higher numbers.
Mandy Carter, Still No Freedom Rainbow for Transgender People of Color (COLORLINES)
If you haven’t already, I recommend taking a look at that report. The race statistics are sobering, and too important to ignore.
If you ever doubted that racial issues are trans issues, here’s proof. If this isn’t enough, nothing ever will be.