Practice Tips for Working with Transgender Clients

Kylar W. Broadus
Transgender people experience discrimination in almost every area of their lives.

Transgender people experience discrimination in almost every area of their lives.

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Transgender people experience discrimination in almost every area of their lives, from schools, shelters, walking down the street, using the bus, senior citizen homes, and many other places. Nearly one-third live in poverty, which is more than twice the rate of the US population, according to Injustice at Every Turn, the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality in 2015. (See also Movement Advancement Project, Identity Document Laws and Policies.) Transgender people suffer unemployment at three times the rate of the general population according to the NTDS. This same survey shows that 80 percent reported experiencing harassment, mistreatment, or discrimination on the job or took actions like hiding who they are to avoid it.

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