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From Surviving to Thriving: A Quality-of-Life Study with Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex (TGI) Adults in the City of Los AngelesNovember 6, 2023
Transgender people in California experience discrimination and harassment in employment, housing, health care, schools, and other public places. More limited research has also documented that intersex people face employment discrimination and have poorer health compared to the general population. This study embraced a quality-of-life framework to gather first-person accounts from 55 transgender, non-binary, and intersex (TGI) adults to better understand the needs of TGI people who live, work, or receive services in the City of Los Angeles. Focus group topics included housing, employment, health care, and access to local services and resources. Overall, we found that while the TGI community continues to face many acute challenges, it has also developed expertise, relationships, and resources that will be critical to addressing these challenges in partnership with the City.
Trans Power & Resilience: The Impact of COVID-19 In Trans, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex (TGI) Communities in Los Angeles CountySeptember 20, 2023
In this study, The TransLatin@ Coalition engaged Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex (TGI) People Of Color (POC) across Los Angeles County to better understand how COVID-19 impacted them. Los Angeles County is home to over 10 million people, with an estimated 28,890 adults identifying as TGI (Williams Institute and the US Census). Given the racial/ethnic make-up of the county, we estimate that over 21,000 identify as TGI people of color (Latinx, Black/African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or Arab/Middle Eastern). TGI people of color share many of the same needs and characteristics as their cisgender women counterparts – they face challenges related to sexism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia that limit their opportunities to thrive economically. TGI people also face family rejection, which can lead to developmental trauma disorder or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. TGI people aside from family rejection also experience transphobia, which impedes their advancement and makes day-to-day survival much more tenuous.Funding from the California Commission on Women and Girls was utilized to specifically support the engagement of TGI POC in identifying and documenting the economic impact of COVID-19 on them and their communities. With this research, we present community-based solutions related to COVID-19 recovery and resilience for TGI communities in Los Angeles County.
The 2022 Annual Services Report culminates a year of struggle, resistance, wins, and loss, but certainly a lot of hope for our people. In this report, you will find some of the milestones we have taken to push trans-led organizations to have a voice and advance the leadership of trans people locally, nationally, and internationally. From our inception in 2009, we have grown tremendously and simultaneously have supported other Trans-led organizations in California through funding from the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Social Services.Despite the challenges that we encountered in 2022, we as an organization have expanded our services, our team, and our work. We have become one of the biggest Trans led organizations in the country, employing more than 35 TGI-identified people. With the support of many of our partners, we have advocated and have our voices heard in different spaces that are not traditionally made for us. We have been able to assert ourselves on behalf of TGI people in these spaces and made sure that our voices were heard and policies were crafted and created to support the livelihood of all TGI people. It is because of the support of all of you that we have been able to do our work and assert ourselves as one of the most prominent Trans led organizations in the country.
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