Press Release: Creating Culturally Competent Transgender Health Environments Across Texas

Texas Transgender Health Program is a collaborative effort organized by Equality Texas Foundation and Texas Health Institute to improve the health of transgender, gender non-binary, and Intersex Texans. The primary goal is to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts by transgender people.

The National Center for Transgender Equality’s Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey documents the extent of this important health issue.

  • Among the starkest findings is that 40% of trans people have attempted suicide in their lifetime – nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate in the U.S. population 4.6%).
  • Eighty-two percent (82%) have seriously thought about killing themselves at some point in their lives. Thirty-nine percent (39%) reported their first attempt occurred between the ages of 14 and 17.

A majority of the Texas transgender population lacks access to health services at an affordable cost and has disproportionately poorer health outcomes compared to the broader population. This is especially true among our youth and people of color.

THI EQTX Release - September 5, 2017

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