Transgender violence and discrimination spiked following the 2016 Presidential Election, a study claims.
There was a 20 percent increase in violent deaths of transgender people between 2016 and 2017, and a new survey by Columbia University found that 70 percent of transgender participants have significantly higher concerns for their safety since the 2016 election.
Nearly 30 percent of people transgender respondents said they have experienced hate crimes following the election and more than two-thirds reported high levels of sadness or depression and anxiety.
During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to 'fight' for the rights of LGBTQ individuals, but experts say these findings suggest he isn't following through with that promise.
A Columbia University study found nearly 30 percent of transgender participants experienced hate crimes following the 2016 Presidential Election. During his campaign, Donald Trump, pictured at a rally in October 2016, promised to 'fight' for the rights of LGBTQ individuals
'Coping with a stigmatized identity taxes emotional regulation and coping skills, which in turn leads to poor psychological health outcomes, and greater risk of engagement in negative health behaviors,' lead researcher Cindy Veldhuis, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Columbia University School of Nursing, said.
Multiple studies point to the prevalence of structural, interpersonal, and individual forms of stigma surrounding among transgender people that have been linked to adverse health outcomes including depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse, and HIV.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, there were at least 28 deaths of transgender individuals due to fatal violence in 2017, up from 23 in 2016.
So far in 2018 there have already been at least six deaths of transgender individuals from fatal violence, compared with four in the
A 2016 survey found that 1.4 million adults in the US identify as transgender - a term that applies to individuals who identify with a gender that is different to their assigned sex.
Gallup data from 2016 indicated that 4.1 percent of adults in the US identify as LGBTQ, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer, up from 3.5 percent in 2012.
Among millennials, 7.3 percent identify as LGBTQ, up from 5.8 percent in 2012.
The study published in January was based on qualitative and quantitative data from 909 sexual minority women and gender minorities collected between December 2016 and May 2017 via an online survey.
Seventy percent of the participants reported having 'moderately' or 'much' higher concerns about their safety since the election.
Additionally, 73 percent reported higher levels of sadness or depression and 76 percent reported higher levels of anxiety.
Nearly 30 percent of survey participants reported experiencing hate crimes personally since the election, compared with and 81.4 percent of participants reported hearing about hate crimes against LGBTQ people in the news or on social media.
Half of transgender men reported having experienced hate speech compared with 24.4 percent of transgender women.
Also, 35 percent of transgender men reported having experienced discrimination since the election compared with 17.8 percent of transgender women.
Overall, those who identified as queer or as other than lesbian or bisexual reported significantly higher fears for their safety