November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Before that day comes, I would like to show respect to my friends and clients who are transgender or gender fluid by thanking all of them for being alive. Perhaps I celebrate Transgender Day of Awareness on multiple days. I also want to celebrate the racial diversity among the non-binary population. Williams Institute conducted research “estimat(ing) that adults who identify as transgender are less likely to be white and more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities when compared to the U.S. general population. Adults who identify as African-American or black, Latino or Hispanic, and adults of another race or ethnicity are more likely than white adults to identify as transgender… The study estimates that 0.5 percent of white adults, 0.8 percent of African-American or black adults, 0.8 percent of Latino or Hispanic adults, and 0.6 percent of adults of another race or ethnicity identify as transgender.” Keep in mind that these figures are estimates; however this research parallels my personal and clinical experience that there is tremendous racial diversity among LGBTQ individuals.
May we celebrate our gender and racial diversity!