Transgender people in the American South reported nearly twice as much discrimination over the past year than lesbian, gay or bisexual people, according to a study conducted by the LGBTQ Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Georgia State University.
The wide-ranging study also found that the most common forms of discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the South were being subject to slurs and jokes, rejection by friends and family and places of worship, and poor service at places of business.
“This research provides critical, potentially actionable information to agencies and state and local governments interested in responding to the needs of LGBTQ people,” said Mr. Ryan Roemerman, LGBTQ Institute executive director and study co-director.
The survey touches on a broad range of topics, including education and employment, health and wellness, criminal justice and safety, sexual and gender identity, and discrimination.
“Planning for this survey began in 2015, but the need for this survey became even more urgent as LGBTQ people continue to be erased from federal policy and research,” said Dr. Eric R. Wright, Georgia State sociology professor and survey director.
The survey is one of the largest conducted, with more than 6,500 people taking part. Researchers worked with more 146 nonprofit organizations across 14 Southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 14