Transgender Utahns

Transgender people are members of every community here in Utah and face many issues.

For many transgender people, everyday routines—from using public transportation to showing identification—can be exceedingly stressful. The challenges become even greater when transgender Utahns have to navigate important life activities such as interviewing for jobs, accessing education in schools, filling out employment or housing applications, obtaining medical care, or receiving fair treatment in any gender-segregated facility or government agencies.

In Utah, two out of every ten people know they know a transgender person compared to eight out of ten who know a gay, lesbian or bisexual person. This leaves our transgender population vulnerable because it is a human response to fear what you don't know.

Despite these challenges, progress is being made on a wide range of issues, such as passage of safer school laws, hate crime laws and non-discrimination laws. These laws help many transgender people support themselves and their families, live more safely and participate more fully in their communities.

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All hardworking people in our state regardless of their gender identity and expression should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families.
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