Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Second Quarter Starting Gate

Transgender Reports: Injustice at Every Turn Findings

As apart of our effort to highlight all aspects of Arkansas gay culture, COP 24/7 has cited the lack of information and or assessments on transgender issues and the multi level challenges faced by individuals in their transitioning continuum. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey was conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality provides a snapshot of what this population experiences on a daily level. The 2011 report speaks to the facts that Transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails, and ID documents.

This data is so shocking that it will change the way you think about transgender people and it should change the way you advocate. COP 24/7 reviewed the report via the National Black Justice Coalition website( www.nbjc.org ) in our search to prepare for post concerning legislation moving forward in Arizona -- S.B. 1045, the so-called "Bathroom Bill" -- that would allow business owners to deny transgender individuals access to bathrooms that match the gender with which they identify. The bill would affect anyone trans* who is living in, traveling to or passing through Arizona. It would also affect masculine-appearing women, feminine-appearing men and anyone who is gender-nonconforming, whose bathroom access would be at the discretion of business owners. Hopefully no on at the Arkansas legislature is reading any of this.

Unfortunately, Arkansas has some levels of support however they are most likely far from sufficient and to say the least deficient in their overall impact on the lives of the transgendered. With this population unfolding, it's apparent that distinct data gathering as well as programming will be required to engage those in the process and further educate service providers, treatment centers, community based organizations and other entities in discovering humility in their services. This forum will continue to share pertinent information such as the survey and believe that raising consciousness about transgender issues and challenges should be prioritized in public health policies and resources. To download a copy of the report go to www.taskforce.org/reports


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