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Transgender Americans added to real estate housing crisis list despite lack of data on trans homelessness

Trans activist groups are claiming that transgender Americans are being hit harder than other disadvantaged groups by rising house prices despite there being a lack of data to support the claim.

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Trans activist groups are claiming that transgender Americans are being hit harder than other disadvantaged groups by rising house prices despite there being a lack of data to support the claim.

According to The Hill, LGBTQ Americans can be evicted, refused home loans, and have rental applications turned down on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity in nearly half of the US, and claim that it is the transgender community who are most likely to experience this form of discrimination. These claims are made on the grounds that certain states lack clear protections for people who identify as transgender and are being used by groups like the Human Rights Campaign to push for gender identity to be added as a protected characteristic in law.

Activists suggest the sharp increase in home prices and the rising cost of rent is making finding suitable housing even more difficult for the already disadvantaged transgender demographic. But while no one can deny that the cost of housing has increased dramatically, there appears to be little evidence that the transgender community is being hit any harder than other marginalized groups.

The Hill article admits that there is little reliable information on the rate of homelessness among the transgender community, and reports anecdotal evidence of LGBTQ people experiencing difficulties finding suitable accommodation. 

"We’re hearing from folks every day at our office saying they’ve rented their entire adult lives and never had such a hard time finding housing when they needed or wanted to move," Kris Keniray of the Fair Housing Center for Rights and Research in Cleveland told the Hill. "Like members of all marginalized communities, what was hard under normal circumstances is harder in a tight market."

A Williams Institute report in 2020 found that 8 percent of the transgender adults surveyed had experienced homelessness in the previous year.

The Hill further reports that transgender Americans experience higher rates of poverty than the rest of the population, with close to 30 percent living at or below the poverty line. It is suggested that the reason for this is employment discrimination, even though there could be many factors contributing to this inequality.   

Apparently even being wealthy doesn’t protect a transgender person from experiencing discrimination in the housing market, with 20 percent reporting that they have experienced some form of discrimination when searching for housing, and while over 10 percent have reportedly been evicted due to their gender identity, reports The Hill.

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