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2015 U.S. Transgender Survey: Report on the Experiences of Black Respondents

Posted: November 01, 2017

The National Center for Transgender Equality, Black Trans Advocacy, and National Black Justice Coalition released the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey: Report on the Experiences of Black Respondents. This report focuses on the unique experiences, including behavioral health disparities, of the 796 survey respondents who participated in the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey and identified as black or African-American. 

Key findings within the report include:

  • Nearly half (47 percent) of black respondents reported an attempted suicide during their lives.
  • 42% of Black respondents have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, compared to 30% in the USTS sample overall, and 22% experienced homelessness in the past year because of being transgender.
  • 53% of Black respondents have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetimes, compared to 47% in the USTS sample overall. 13% of Black respondents were sexually assaulted in the past year, compared to 10% in the USTS sample overall. 
  • 67% of Black respondents said they would feel somewhat or very uncomfortable asking the police for help, compared to 57% of respondents in the USTS sample overall.
  • 34% of Black respondents who saw a health care provider in the past year reported having at least one negative experience related to being transgender, such as being refused treatment, being verbally harassed, being physically or sexually assaulted, or having to teach the provider about transgender people in order to get appropriate care.
  • 6.7% of Black respondents were living with HIV, nearly five times the rate in the USTS sample overall (1.4%) and more than twenty times the rate in the U.S. population (0.3%).
  • 41% of Black respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month before completing the survey (based on the Kessler 6 Psychological Distress Scale), more than eight times the rate in the U.S. population (5%).

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