Trans Power & Resilience: The Impact of COVID-19 In Trans, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex (TGI) Communities in Los Angeles County

Sep 20, 2023
  • Description

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.