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Are You Expecting Immediate Rejection Because you Are Trans or Gender Non-Conforming?

Updated: Feb 6, 2019

#Transgender and #GenderNonConforming (TGGC) individuals have a current gender identity or expression that differs from their assigned sex at birth. Although research investigations that focus specifically on the health and well-being of #TGNC individuals remain limited, other published articles have documented the pervasiveness with which TGNC people face enacted experiences of stigma, discrimination, and victimization.


Prevalence estimates of discrimination among TGNC individuals are shown to be extraordinarily high, exceeding 60%. Similarly, estimates for victimization are commonly greater than 40% for TGNC people.


Emerging research also has highlighted an association between enacted stressors and indicators of negative mental and physical health. For example, TGNC individuals who reported having experienced physical or sexual abuse, compared to those who did not, are significantly more likely to report a history of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. This is a serious health concern. Likewise, experiences of gender-related discrimination are shown to be significantly associated with elevated levels of psychological distress for TGNC individuals. Thus, enacted stressors appear to be detrimental to the health of TGNC individuals and continued and ongoing research, examining the relationship of such stressors to health over time, is needed.


Can you relate? Is this happening to you when you go out of your house?

Do you expect immediate rejection?

Please share your thoughts and ideas!


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