So much of the national debate about North Carolina's HB2 bill — which includes a provision that requires state residents to use bathrooms that conform to their assigned gender rather than their gender identity — has been about bathrooms. But the right to use the bathroom is just one of many battles the transgender community faces.
Nationwide, refusing to hire someone — or firing them — because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is still not expressly illegal, even though Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has been interpreted by the Supreme Court, and lower federal courts,
Here are five findings from the 2013 National Transgender Discriminatory Survey highlighting those struggles:
Nearly a quarter of transgender and gender non-conforming citizens make less than $10,000 in annual income.
That's staggeringly lower than the median U.S.
Transgender and non-gender conforming people are twice as likely to be unemployed.
The national unemployment rate hovered above 7% in 2013, the year of the latest transgender discrimination survey. For transgender people of color, the jobless rate was 14% for white
About 36% of transgender and gender non-conforming people were either not hired or fired because of who they are.
Unemployment is among the top causes
More than half of transgender and gender non-conforming people reported workplace discrimination and harassment, including
taunts and transphobic verbal attacks.
This includes what has been seen recently across the country around their use of workplace and public restrooms. However, there are an increasing number of companies that offer gender neutral facilities for employees.
Sex work can become a reality for many, but not all, transgender women and gender non-conforming individuals.
In the transgender discrimination survey, 30% of respondents said they had resorted to work in the underground economy. That includes sex work and dealing drugs.