Transgender adults who experience discrimination more likely to attempt suicide

UCLA Newsroom
September 11, 2019

A new UCLA-led analysis of data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that more than half of respondents, 51.2%, who had experienced four types of anti-transgender discrimination and violence — losing a job, eviction, homelessness and physical attack — in the past year reported attempting suicide in that year. And 97.7% of them had seriously thought about suicide.

The report, which was issued by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, also found that transgender people who had been denied equal treatment because they are transgender were twice as likely to report attempting suicide in the past year as those who had not experienced that discrimination.

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