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41% of trans people in US south face police violence, report says

May 15, 2019, 12:02 p.m.
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Trans people of colour experienced even more violence at the hands of police. The post 41% of trans people in US south face police violence, report says appeared first on PinkNews.

Almost half of transgender, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming people in America’s southern states experience “high levels of violence by law enforcement,” a report has found.

This number jumps to 52 percent when looking only at respondents of colour.

The Grapevine: A Southern Trans Report was carried out by the Transgender Law Center at Southerners on New Ground (TLC@SONG), a collaboration between two LGBT+ advocacy groups based in Atlanta, Georgia.

“As a black trans woman in the South, I’m personally all too familiar with the findings laid out today,” said Southern regional organiser for TLC@SONG Kayla Gore.

“The one constant through the widespread discrimination we face is our ability to support and rely on each other, which is why it’s incredibly powerful to have data created by and for trans and gender nonconforming people living in the South.

“Trans Southerners like me can use the Grapevine Report as proof of our lived experiences as we advocate for the resources, services, and solutions our communities need.”

Of the 135 respondents, 32 percent were trans women, 31 percent were gender non-binary and 20 percent were trans masculine.

Transgender women especially face disproportionate levels of violence in the US.

47 percent of those surveyed faced violence from strangers, a number which increases to 58 percent when looking at trans women or those who identify a trans feminine.

Four out of 10 of those surveyed also experienced high levels of violence from healthcare providers.

When identifying areas of priority for change, 44 percent answered “primary care and HIV-inclusive health care” while 21 percent said “law enforcement accountability.”

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