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Check it out! Access Denied: Washington, DC Trans Needs Assessment Report

Today we’re excited to release the results of the largest local-level survey of transgender, transsexual, and gender non-Access Denied Coverconforming people ever conducted in the United States in its new study Access Denied: Washington, DC Trans Needs Assessment Report. Based upon over four years of research and analysis, Access Denied offers a statistical portrait of the challenges faced by trans people in the District of Columbia. The report includes data on all aspects of life, including income, education, health, housing, experiences of violence, interactions with the legal system, access to identity documents, and the role of LGBT organizations in trans lives.

“This report is unique in the way academics and community activists worked together to shape research that members of trans communities in DC felt was needed. Our approach was designed to empower everyone who participated in the process,” said Elijah Adiv Edelman, PhD, principal investigator for the needs assessment, which took five years to complete.

“Trans people in DC have been sharing their experiences for years, and are always asked ‘where’s your data?’ Well now we have the data, and it paints a grim picture. Political leaders in DC no longer have an excuse to ignore the needs of DC’s trans residents,” added Ruby Corado, co-investigator for the project, who was also a founder of the DC Trans Coalition and currently serves as executive director of Casa Ruby, the only trans-serving, trans-led service organization in the city.

Today’s survey findings, amounting to over 100 pages of data and analysis, are based upon the responses of over 500 survey participants who submitted responses either online or via in-person distribution. Approximately 59% of respondents were people of color, and 63% were trans women.

Key findings include:

  • Workplace harassment is commonplace across all groups, with 42 percent of those surveyed having been harassed on the job due to being perceived as transgender. Even among groups we would anticipate to have lower rates of harassment – trans masculine, white, or hold an associate degree or higher – were just as likely as those who where trans feminine, a person of color, or not hold an associate degree or higher to have been harassed at work due to being transgender
  • Education is little protection against unemployment for trans people. Among those whose highest level of education is high school, 57% were unemployed compared to 21% of the general population in DC.[1] High levels of unemployment persist even for those who have higher levels of education.  Of those who had an associate degree, 28% reported being unemployed compared to 12% of the general population in DC.[2]
  • Employment discrimination has forced many trans people into the grey economy, and 30% of those surveyed had engaged in sex work either in the past or currently. Of those who have been in sex work 41% stated it was their only source of income, 37% were currently homeless, and 43% were living with HIV.
  • Trans people seeking vital services are not safe. Of those who have gone to a shelter, 27% were denied access, and of those who had resided in a shelter 41% had been assaulted by residents or staff. LGB serving organizations also provide little safe haven, with 50% of those who had sought services experienced poor treatment during their visit.
  • 60% had considered suicide at some point in their lives, 34% had attempted suicide, and 10% had done so in the past 12 months due to the persistent structural violence faced by trans people in DC.

Elena Lumby, lead statistician for the project, said, “In our analysis, we devoted considerable attention to looking at the intersections of race, class, and gender to paint a more insightful picture of what is going on in DC. When we look within the data, we can see that even among groups we would expect to be more advantaged, they are not, as a direct result of their trans identity.”

Released at the John A. Wilson Building before members of the DC Council and staff from the administration of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Access Denied provides critical insights into both challenges and potential solutions. Each chapter includes recommendations for action. “We don’t want this report to just sit on a shelf. The needs assessment provides a clear path for making real change in the lives of trans people across DC,” Corado added.

Explore the findings:

Those looking to get involved with the DC Trans Coalition are encouraged to join us at an upcoming meeting! DCTC meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Casa Ruby.

[1] For Some DC Groups of DC Residents Unemployment Remains High in the Wake of the Recession. (2013, March 7). DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Available at: http://www.dcfpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3-7-13-Unemployment-Paper-Final.pdf

[2] For Some DC Groups of DC Residents Unemployment Remains High in the Wake of the Recession. (2013, March 7). DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Available at: http://www.dcfpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/3-7-13-Unemployment-Paper-Final.pdf

This Friday! Launch of Access Denied: Washington, DC Trans Needs Assessment Report

We’re excited to announce the release of the largest local-level survey of transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming people ever conducted in the United States in its new study Access Denied: Washington, DC Trans Needs Assessment Report. The launch event will feature remarks by the principal researchers, leading DC activists, and community members whose life stories demonstrate the ongoing challenges trans people face in their daily lives.

WHAT: Report launch, overview of the findings, and voices from community members.Access Denied Cover

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 1:00 -2:00 p.m.

WHERE: John A. Wilson Building, Room 120, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

WHO:
Elijah Adiv Edelman, PhD, Principal Investigator
Ruby Corado, Co-Investigator; Executive Director, Casa Ruby
Elena C. Lumby, Lead Statistician
Tanisha Montana, community member
Reevs O’Neal, community member
Patty Hernandez, community member
Nicky, community member

WHY: Based upon over four years of research and analysis, Access Denied offers a statistical portrait of the challenges faced by trans people in the District of Columbia. The report includes data on all aspects of life, including income, education, health, housing, experiences of violence, interactions with the legal system, access to identity documents, and the role of LGBT organizations in trans lives.

RSVP today on Facebook, and please share widely!

Needs Assessment Outreach Event on Saturday!

Hey everyone! We’ve got a super exciting event coming up on Saturday! Always wanted to help us out, but don’t have a lot of time? We’ve got just the thing for you!

Join us at Casa Ruby at 5pm this Saturday, September 22, for a Needs Assessment outreach spectacular! We’ll give you some training and equip you with materials, and then send you out to few awesome locations to drop them off. It’s that simple! We promise that you’ll meet some totally awesome people.

Details are on the flyer. If you have any questions, call us at 202.681.3282 or write us at dctc@dctranscoalition.org. See you Saturday! 

 

We’re coming closer to you!

We wanted to make sure you were aware that we’re making a bit of a change to our regular meeting pattern. Hearkening back to our guiding principles, we want to increase our accountability to the communities we serve, expand people’s access to our advocacy, and empower new super-awesome activist volunteers. To do that, we’re moving our meetings.

We will continue to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30pm, but now we’re bringing the meeting to you! On the first Tuesday, we’ll meet at Casa Ruby, located at 2822 Georgia Avenue NW. On the third Tuesday, we’ll be at Transgender Health Empowerment, 1414 North Capitol Street NW. And if you need a reminder, just keep your eye on the info bar to your right.

In addition to meeting you where you’re at, we’ll be regularly engaging in activist lunches on Fridays at both Transgender Health Empowerment and Casa Ruby to help people new to grassroots organizing build and share their skills. And from time to time we’ll have new volunteer orientation alongside our regular meetings.

We hope to see so many more of your beautiful faces at one of our upcoming meetings!

Now for a few updates:

  • You can still participate in our Needs Assessment! Click here to learn how to take the survey or to donate generously of your time or treasure.
  • We’re continuing our work to keep the Metropolitan Police Department accountable. You can make your voice heard at an open house for MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit on Thursday, September 27 from 5-9pm, right off of Dupont Circle.
  • It’s time to start planning for the Transgender Day of Remembrance! If you’d like to get involved, there’s a meeting tonight at Transgender Health Empowerment at 6:00pm (conveniently right before our first meeting at THE!).

See you soon!

Banner Ad for Needs Assessment

We’ve whipped up a banner ad that you can put on your website if you’d like to advertise for the Needs Assessment online. Just throw the HTML code listed below on your own website, and whomever clicks on the ad will be directed to the Needs Assessment. If this ad size doesn’t work for your site, but you’d like a custom sized banner for your site, just contact DCTransNeeds [at] gmail [dot] com, let us know your sizing, and we’ll make the custom banner for you. Thanks for your help!

English version:

HTML Code:
<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCneedsassessment"><img src="https://dctranscoalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/needs-assessment-english-banner2.png" alt="DC Trans Coalition Needs Assessment" /></a>

Spanish version:

HTML Code:
<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCneedsassessmentspanish"><img src="https://dctranscoalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/needs-assessment-spanish-banner.png" alt="La coalición trans de DC la evaluación de necesidades trans" /></a>

Trans Needs Assessment Survey

The DC Trans Coalition, along with allied organizations, is excited to announce the launch of the Washington, DC Trans Needs Assessment survey, the first of its kind in over a decade!  The distribution of this survey is the second phase of our larger DC Trans Needs Assessment project, documenting and discussing the needs of transgender, transsexual and other gender non-conforming populations living in the DC metropolitan area.

Take the survey in English here or in Spanish here.

As some background, the primary goals for this project are to explore and document the many issues facing members of largely underserved and unrepresented trans communities, including:

  • General health and access to medical, mental and trans-sensitive health care;
  • Employment, underemployment and unemployment;
  • Housing and homelessness;
  • Interactions with police and the prisons;
  • Access to education, including violence in schools; and
  • Immigration and documentation status.

Moreover, as we are invested in community-informed research and design, the questions used in this survey were produced through a collaboration of established researchers and trans community members.  This collaboration first took shape during community roundtables in Phase One of our project, which led to focused bi-monthly meetings to discuss and determine the language and content to be used in the final survey.  In order to reach the diversity of trans communities in DC, this survey will be available in two mediums: 1) online and 2) in paper form, both of which are available in Spanish and English.

Finally, unlike many large research projects, most of the organizers or “Principal Investigators” of this project are unpaid volunteersAll raised funds will go directly to community members taking the survey through modest honorariums.  Additionally, in order to maximize the survey reach and positive community impact, we are training and hiring trans community members to distribute paper surveys to their communities, friends and networks. 

Why We Need Your Help!

Our goal is to survey no fewer than 500 trans community members in DC.  We need your help to make this as successful as possible!

You can help promote the DC Trans Needs Assessment in the following ways!  

  1. Provide a link to the DC Trans Needs Assessment Survey on your website and in your outreach materials and emails! 
    1. The English survey can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCneedsassessment
    2. The Spanish survey can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCneedsassessmentspanish
  1. Share the links above through your member and contact lists
  2. Provide paper copies of the survey in your offices or in outreach materials (Please contact DCTransNeeds[at]gmail[dot]com to arrange to receive a paper copy of the survey)
  3. Make available information about the survey in your office (we can provide you with “palm cards,” posters and other materials to display) 
  4. Donate and join the coalition of support that includes DC Council members, national community groups and your neighbors! Support the costs associated with taking the survey, as well as of training and hiring trans community members to distribute this survey! Plus, all of your donations are tax deductible!  Donations can be made via PayPal.
  5. Help us identify Survey Distributers! Survey Distributers work to make the survey accessible to those who may not have access to the online survey or may need assistance with written language. Survey Distributers will receive all necessary training and will receive compensation for each survey they are able to give and complete.

We need your help to make this survey successful!