tell that to the numbers
2018 LGBTQ Youth Report
HUGE collection of data concerning difficulties LGBTQ people face
67% of LGBTQ youth hear their parents make negative statements about LGBTQ people - rises to 78% if child is in closet.
48% of LGBTQ youth say their family makes them feel bad for their identity
This pretty much ends the argument right here.
Broad international study of trans suicide rate (it’s quite high).
“Gender-based victimization, discrimination, bullying, violence, being rejected by the family, friends, and community; harassment by intimate partner, family members, police and public; discrimination and ill treatment at health-care system are the major risk factors that influence the suicidal behavior among transgender persons”.
Massive demographic analysis which codifies the many social & institutional factors which contribute to trans suicide rates
Surprise surprise, discrimination & abuse play a huge role. Read the summary.
Analysis of the ways in which parental support affect elements of disadvantage experienced by transgender youth.
Most notably, strong parental support decreases the likelihood of a suicide attempt within the past year from 57% to just 4%.
Analysis of crime & privacy violations as they relate to concerns raised by those who advocate for ‘trans bathroom bills’
Analysis indicates there is no empirical evidence to support these concerns; such crimes & privacy violations are exceptionally rare. Calls for trans bathroom bills are fearmongering, plain and simple.
Interesting (and long) qualitative analysis on the depiction of transgender people in Sports Illustrated over past decades.
Finds disproportionately negative depictions (of course).
Worth reading; probably not going to win you an argument.
16 countries in Europe & Central Asia still require sterilization before transgender peoples’ gender identity can be legally recognized
News article - June 2019
Trump Administration rejecting requests from US embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassies’ main banner during Pride Month
LGBTQ youth are 120% (2.2x) as likely to experience homelessness as cisgender and heterosexual youth.
Up to 40% of the homeless youth population is LGBTQ
Cited possibility for this discrepancy being LGBTQ youth getting kicked out of the home by unwelcoming/openly hostile family.
LGBTQ employment discrimination is still far from a settled issue.
A point of note - in 2017, the Trump Administration used the Department of Justice to revoke an Obama-era Title VII policy which protected transgender employees from discrimination.
I've even more for institutional racism if you like