Half of transgenders face discrimination: survey

Local | 12 May 2021 8:02 pm

A survey conducted by the Chinese University and Transgender Resource Center suggested that over half of the trans people interviewed experienced discrimination at work or school. 

The survey interviewed 234 trans people between May 2019 and June 2020. 

Over 70 percent of them said they have faced rejection in different aspects of their social life, including being refused by their families or partners. 

Over 60 percent said they experienced victimisation in different forms, in which 59 percent said they have been verbally assaulted, 14.1 percent said they have been physically assaulted. In addition, 13.7 percent said they have been threatened or blackmailed to disclose their gender identity. 

Besides, over half of the interviewed trans people said they faced discrmination in at least one of the following domains in the previous year, including employment, education, provision of goods and services, as well as disposal and management of premises. 

The results pointed out as well that around one-third of the respondents said they had never used a toilet which matches their self-identified gender in the previous year. Also around 40 percent said they have been told or asked if they were “using the wrong toilet”, while almost 30 percent said they have been stopped from using the toilet. 

Data also showed that 9.8 percent reported having been subjected to physical violence, and 9 percent reported having been subjected to sexual contact against their wishes, when using the toilet in the previous year. 

The survey revealed that 42.8 percent and 34.7 percent of respondents showed moderate-to-severe levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety symptoms respectively.  76.9% of them contemplated suicide, 25.6% made a suicide plan and 12.8% attempted suicide in their lifetime.

Suen Yiu Tung, the founding director of the Sexalities Research Programme, urged the government set up a anti-discrimination law to protect transgender people. 

He added that more works have to be done to let the public have an in-depth understanding of transgender people, including education and building relevant facilities, for example a gender-neutral toilet. 



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