A new report is shedding light on the health care barriers faced by an estimated 27,000 transgender people living in the Inland Empire.
The Riverside University Health System compiled the results from 90 responses to a survey covering a broad range of issues, including identity, housing, transportation, discrimination and bias, physical and emotional health, health care access, drug use, education, the justice system, intimate partner violence, available services and social support.
More than 93 percent of those surveyed had some form of health insurance, but they weren't always able to find a provider who had experience with transgender patients, according to the report.
"I hope that it tells the transgender community that we are concerned about their health and wellness issues," said Aaron Gardner, the lead author of the report.
Of those surveyed, three quarters indicated they had seriously considered committing suicide and two thirds reported suffering from depression and anxiety.
Gardner told KPCC this is the first step in a series of efforts to improve understanding of the transgender community in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Other key findings include:
- More than half of respondents have been physically or emotionally abused by someone close to them
- Many reject the concept of a gender binary and don't exclusively identify as male or female
- A quarter reported experiencing verbal harassment at work
- Nearly three quarters reported being bullied or harassed at school
- Over half said they were uncomfortable seeking help from police
- Nearly 20 percent reported being kicked out of their family home
You can read the full report below: