For Transgender Women, an Extra Dose of Fear

So far, 19 states and the District of Columbia have put strong nondiscrimination policies in place for transgender people. But “now we’re seeing this pushback,” said Jaclyn White Hughto, a research fellow at the Yale School of Public Health who specializes in transgender health. “It’s the belief that the violence is a response to the more progressive agenda to protect transgender people.”

A 2015 report from the National Center for Transgender Equality that surveyed nearly 28,000 transgender adults from across the United States found that one in 10 reported being physically or sexually assaulted, and 46 percent had been verbally harassed in the past year.

“These experiences are not just restricted to transgender individuals living in more conservative areas of the…

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