On Tuesday, October 7, 2018, GLAAD, the LGBT media and advocacy organization, released its 2018 Gender Identity Report, which identifies which transgender-identified people are in the LGBT community.
The report highlights the positive strides made in recent years, and highlights the need for more advocacy and support for transgender youth.
“There’s been a significant uptick in the number of transgender people coming out, but we’re still working to make sure transgender youth have access to mental health services,” says Stephanie Coontz, GLIAD’s president and CEO.
“While transgender people are no longer the majority, transgender people have a greater rate of unemployment, homelessness, and poverty than the general population.”
GLAARD’s 2018 Gender Report found that transgender people were 2.3 percent of the U.S. population in 2019, compared to 6.5 percent in 2016.
“We know that transgender youth are at a higher risk for mental health and substance use problems, and that their experience of being marginalized and discriminated against is far worse than that of other minority groups,” Coontsays.
“As the numbers of trans youth increase, we can only hope that this report will continue to educate our nation about how we can support them and help them become more resilient.”
The report notes that while transgender people experience increased rates of homelessness and poverty, they also experience higher rates of depression and anxiety.
It’s important to note that not all transgender people who identify as transgender are at risk of suicide.
The number of LGBT youth who have attempted suicide in the U, in addition to the overall number of youth who attempt suicide, are significantly higher than the national average, according to the American Association of Suicidology.
GLAADE is also encouraging LGBT teens to talk to their families about their identities and their own experiences.
“The transgender community is an important part of our community, and we need to be more open to their experiences, especially as the transgender community has increased in number and visibility,” Coondosays.
The group’s Transgender Youth Project (TWP) works to support trans youth through education and services to help them build a sense of self and a sense that they belong.
“When a teen speaks about her transgender identity, it can empower her to see that she is not alone, that she has friends who care, that they are supported, that their school, community, or workplace supports her,” Cooptsays.
GLIADE also launched a new program, The GLIACE Project, which encourages transgender people to share their stories, connect with others who have been affected by transgender issues, and raise awareness about the impact of discrimination.
GLACEDeck, which is an online community for LGBT youth, launched on October 14, 2018.
“With the rise of trans-inclusive entertainment, we know that the transgender movement is rapidly growing,” Coon says.
“In 2017, GLACed is the first national organization to open its doors to all transgender youth, and the GLIAC Project is a collaboration between GLACEd, GLASd, and GLAADS to help trans youth become active and empowered in their communities.”