Trans people four times more likely to live in poverty

Published: February 18, 2015

Naith Payton
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A report into the financial state of trans people in America has uncovered shocking results.

The Movement Advancement Project and Center for American Progress has released a report that looks into the effects of anti-trans discrimination on the financial inequality suffered by trans people. The report, Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being Transgender in America, found that trans people are four times more likely to be living in poverty than cis people, with the numbers rising for trans people of colour. Latino and Asian trans people were six times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000 (£6,500).

The main reasons given for this is the absence of legal protections for trans people, and hostile work and educational environments. Trans people find it far harder to find long-term employment, housing, or education, and face large medical bills not covered by their insurance.

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