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New survey sheds new light on trans life in Maryland

Started by Jessica_Rose, April 02, 2024, 05:19:54 AM

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New survey sheds new light on trans life in Maryland

Story by Alex Ward Social Affairs Correspondent (1 April 2024)

More than three-quarters of trans people in Maryland worried about being negatively judged when seeking health care and nearly a third delayed necessary treatment, according to one finding of a new study of the state's trans population conducted in part by a University of Maryland doctoral student.

The Maryland Trans Survey, the largest of its kind ever in the state, examined a range of health care, economic, legal and discrimination experiences among 750 trans participants across all counties and Baltimore.

The survey, conducted online from May to December 2023, also found that trans people in Maryland experience an alarming rate of violence and victimization, with 78.2% reporting at least one instance of verbal abuse and 46.1% reporting physical or sexual assault in their life. Other findings included income and employment trends, such as 22.7% of respondents experiencing a major financial crisis in the last year, and insights about identity documents, with just over half reporting they lack an ID that reflects their gender.

In other wellness-related results, while 94.4% of respondents had some type of health insurance, 20.1% reported that they had no place to go for health advice, and 32.5% didn't have a primary care provider. In addition, among individuals who sought trans-related surgery, 85.2% experienced barriers to access.

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