Where We Call Home: Transgender People In Rural America

March 25, 2020|Movement Advancement Project (MAP)
Movement Advancement Project‘s (MAP) publication “Where We Call Home: Transgender People In Rural America” offers extensive new findings on transgender people in rural communities. The third publication in MAP’s “Where We Call Home” series, details how the structural differences of rural life amplify acceptance of or discrimination against transgender people.

Through an in-depth analysis of data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, MAP’s report reveals that the 16% of U.S. transgender people living in rural areas:
• Frequently experience mistreatment, harassment, discrimination, and violence, which disproportionately impacts trans people of color.
• Are nearly three times more likely than their rural neighbors to have a disability and are twice as likely to lack health insurance.
• Face significant obstacles to economic security: even though they are more likely than their rural neighbors to have a college degree, they are also far more likely to live in poverty or be unemployed.