HRC Foundation Releases Findings from the 17th Annual LGBTQ+ Community Survey Revealing the Detrimental Impact Gender-Affirming Care Bans are Having on LGBTQ+ People
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released new analyses of data of proprietary questions from Community Marketing Insight’s (CMI) 17th Annual LGBTQ+ Community Survey, co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and others. The analysis, which reveals the virtually universal impact gender-affirming care bans are having on LGBTQ+ adults, comes just two months after HRC officially declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people for the first time ever. Nearly 8-in-10 LGBTQ+ adults report feeling less safe as a result of gender-affirming care bans, and nearly half report that gender-affirming care bans impact the physical and/or mental health of themselves or their loved ones.
The survey follows an unprecedented spike in anti-LGBTQ+ state legislation, with more than 550 bills introduced in 43 states, and more than 80 signed into law — more than doubling last year which was previously the worst year on record. The wave of harmful and discriminatory legislation and concurrent spike in anti-transgender rhetoric and violence prompted HRC to declare a state of emergency in June.
Significant findings from the 17th Annual Community Survey include:
80.1% transgender and non-binary adults report the same.
For transgender and non-binary adults, this number increases to more than 9 in 10 (94%).
Currently, there are 21 states across the U.S that have enacted laws banning gender affirming care. Collectively, these states are home to nearly 97,000 transgender youth age 13-17–meaning that a third of all transgender youth in the United States currently live in states where they have lost access to gender-affirming care, or had their access severely limited (note that several of these bans have been temporarily enjoined by federal courts and are not currently in effect). Results from the 17th Annual LGBTQ+ Community Survey, fielded April-June 2023 by Community Marketing Insights (CMI), and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and others, reveal that the vast majority of LGBTQ+ adults view these bills as harmful to their health, safety, and well-being, as well as that of the larger LGBTQ+ community. Many are also choosing where to live, work, travel, and spend money based on the presence or absence of these laws.
The impact of these bills extends beyond direct threats to health and well-being. Nationwide, nearly two-thirds (62.2%) of LGBTQ+ adults said that they would not consider moving to a state with a gender-affirming care ban, and one-third (34%) of LGBTQ+ people, including more than half (53%) of transgender and non-binary people, said that if their current state enacted a ban on gender-affirming care, they would consider moving to a different state – or, that they had already moved or started steps to move out-of-state as a result of their state’s gender affirming care ban.
Among transgender and non-binary adults living in Florida
8 in 10 (79.8%) report that gender-affirming care bans impact their physical or mental health, or that of their loved ones.
Over 93% report that gender affirming care bans make them feel less safe as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
8 in 10 (80.7%) wanted to (try to) move to a new state or country as a result of gender-affirming care bans, or had already taken steps to do so.
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