Man sier at det som skjer i USA, skjer i Norge noen år etter. Men når det gjelder forholdene for transpersoner, ligger nok mange plasser mange år etter Norge og resten verden. Nasjonalt senter for likhet for transpersoner i USA ga på slutten av året følgende liste over status på feltet:
•26% of individuals have lost their job because they are transgender or gender non-conforming (GNC). And even though the federal government has said that it’s illegal, 31 states still don’t have clear laws prohibiting job discrimination based on gender identity.
•19% of individuals have been refused medical care due to their gender identity. On top of that, most insurance companies and Medicaid programs still don’t cover transition-related care, even though the exclusions are illegal.
•16% of trans people have been incarcerated. And it’s even higher for women (21%) and black trans people (47%). The national average is less than 1% unless you’re a person of color.
•18 states still ask for proof of surgery, a court order, or other requirements to update the gender marker on a driver’s license—and 39 states require this and often more for birth certificates.
22 families and possibly more are still fighting for justice for the trans people who lost their lives this year. Most were women of color. And the countless lives lost to suicide.
• 32 states allow public accommodations to refuse to serve individuals based on gender identity.
• 78% of trans and GNC students have been harassed by their classmates or teachers, leading 15% to drop out. And too many schools are empowering bullies by denying our kids access to the right restrooms and locker rooms.