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Transgender Americans

Transgender Americans are experiencing a unique moment in history. Rising visibility, unprecedented advocacy, and changing public opinion are working to provide transgender people greater legal protections than ever before. At the same time, many transgender people, particularly transgender women and transgender people of color, still face enormous barriers to their safety, health, and well-being.

The following reports offer an overview into the lives of transgender Americans, dive deeply into the acute disparities faced by transgender people in the workplace and when struggling to become financially secure, and share how to talk about the importance of nondiscrimination protections for transgender people.


New TV Ad: ‘Restaurant’

Debuting July 21 on FOX News Channel, this groundbreaking new ad created by MAP depicts the challenges transgender people face in accessing public restrooms when our laws don’t protect them from discrimination. Watch the Video

The Facts: Bathroom Safety, Nondiscrimination Laws, and Bathroom Ban Laws

The Facts: Bathroom Safety, Nondiscrimination Laws, and Bathroom Ban Laws provides a thorough and rational discussion of the legal landscape pertaining to nondiscrimination laws, bathroom ban laws, and restroom safety. View the Report

Talking About Transgender People & Restrooms

Explore approaches for talking about transgender people and restrooms in a variety of contexts, including: building support for (and calming concerns about) nondiscrimination protections, opposing harmful anti-transgender bathroom ban laws, and more. View the Guide

Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans

Updated July 11, 2016! Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans provides a high-level introduction for advocates and allies to the issues facing transgender Americans, as well as recommendations for change. View the Guide

LGBT Policy Spotlight
Identity Documents Laws and Policies

This Policy Spotlight examines the state laws and policies that govern how transgender people are able to correct the name and gender marker on their identity documents. The brief includes common sense policy recommendations to help ensure transgender people can access accurate identity documents. View the Report

Snapshot: Transgender in America

This new infographic, “Snapshot: Transgender in America,” gives a quick look at state-level laws and policies that impact the lives of transgender people and provides some key statistics on the challenges transgender people face. View the Infographic

Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being Transgender in America

Transgender people in the United States face clear financial penalties and are left economically vulnerable because of discrimination and hostile educational environments. Learn more in this companion report to Paying an Unfair Price. Read the Report

An Ally's Guide to Talking About Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People

Learn about conversation approaches that can help build and sustain solid, lasting support for LGBT nondiscrimination laws, and also factually and effectively address concerns that might be raised when discussing the need for such protections. View the Guide

A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers

The basic American bargain--that those who work hard and meet their responsibilities should be able to get ahead--is broken for transgender workers. Learn about the inequities facing transgender workers, and how policymakers and employers can help reduce and eliminate those inequities. Read the Report

Equality Maps: Identity Document Laws and Policies

These maps illustrate the state laws and administrative polices governing the processes by which an individual can change the gender marker on their driver's license and/or birth certificate to accurately reflect their gender identity, sometimes including intrusive and outdated requirements, such as proof of sex reassignment surgery and court orders. View the Maps

Advancing Transgender Equality: Snapshot

This snapshot report provides a capsule summary of the full report, as well as recommendations that can help LGBT organizations and their funders advance equality for transgender people in the years ahead. View the Report