What it’s like to be transgender in America

The transgender community in the United States remains a minority within a minority. Many live on the margins of society and face discrimination, stigma and violence on a daily basis. Although media attention and representation has seen an increase in recent years, the transgender community is still largely misrepresented and misunderstood.

I wanted to work with the transgender community to understand their problems and struggles and share their individual stories. From the callout titled ‘As a transgender individual, what kind of discrimination have you faced?’, I received 81 responses from people from all walks of life who shared their daily struggles, challenges as well as their hopes for the future.

I will be releasing the responses in a series of posts, this being the first one. For reasons of privacy and security, some respondents have asked not to reveal their names or their identities.

Have you faced any discrimination as a transgender individual?

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Alyna Joli Romain

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Mia Serraino

Nicole

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Kalina Merriam

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Candice Trice

Anonymous

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Carlyle

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Jevon Martin

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Kristen Browde

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Danielle Sedona Marion

Have you faced any form of violence as a transgender individual?

According to GLAAD, 2016 was the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States. As of November 2016, there were 26 reported deaths, with most victims being women of color.

I asked the community if they had faced violence as a transgender individual. 34 out of the 81 respondents said yes.

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Jamie Lenea Jensen

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Kaleb Grey

Michelle Rose

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Cathy Serino

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Nix Sturgeon

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