Iran is The New San Francisco

January 22, 2007 ·

I found this article about Iran’s support of gender reassignment. I almost laughed when I read this quote:

“Most transsexuals believe that a life in the West would be much easier for them due to the open mindedness in those societies.”

Hardly.

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  1. The data is scant, but you can get a good picture by looking at the following:

    60 percent
    http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/MagArticle.cfm?Article=418&PageID=159&SID=EFE0937C76D62ACD1D6544967774209C&DSN=nsrc_dsn

    http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a13/press/a132003014.htm
    “Reports from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and several other studies have documented widespread discrimination against transgender people.

    “Studies have shown that the unemployment rate for transgender people in San Francisco is 70 percent, that is more than 12 times the national average,” said Leno.”

    http://www.nclrights.org/publications/transrealities0803.htm
    • Nearly 1 in every 2 respondents has experienced gender identity based employment discrimination

    • More than 1 in every 3 respondents has suffered from gender identity discrimination in a place of public accommodation

    • Nearly 1 in every 3 respondents has been the victim of gender identity discrimination in housing

    • Over 30% of respondents report that they have been discriminated against while trying to access health care

    • More than 1 in 4 respondents have been harassed or abused by a police officer

    • 1 of every 5 respondents has suffered discrimination while attempting to access services from a social service provider

    • 14% of respondents have suffered from discrimination in jail or prison

    http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/MagArticle.cfm?Article=418&PageID=159&SID=EFE0937C76D62ACD1D6544967774209C&DSN=nsrc_dsn
    “Research is scant, but surveys indicate that the unemployment-underemployment rate for transgender women may be as high as 65 percent, says Marcus Arana, a discrimination investigator for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.”

    This one in DC is pretty enlightening too
    http://www.glaa.org/archive/2000/tgneedsassessment1112.shtml

  2. The data is scant, but you can get a good picture by looking at the following:

    60 percent
    http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/MagArticle.cfm?Article=418&PageID=159&SID=EFE0937C76D62ACD1D6544967774209C&DSN=nsrc_dsn

    http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a13/press/a132003014.htm
    “Reports from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and several other studies have documented widespread discrimination against transgender people.

    “Studies have shown that the unemployment rate for transgender people in San Francisco is 70 percent, that is more than 12 times the national average,” said Leno.”

    http://www.nclrights.org/publications/transrealities0803.htm
    • Nearly 1 in every 2 respondents has experienced gender identity based employment discrimination

    • More than 1 in every 3 respondents has suffered from gender identity discrimination in a place of public accommodation

    • Nearly 1 in every 3 respondents has been the victim of gender identity discrimination in housing

    • Over 30% of respondents report that they have been discriminated against while trying to access health care

    • More than 1 in 4 respondents have been harassed or abused by a police officer

    • 1 of every 5 respondents has suffered discrimination while attempting to access services from a social service provider

    • 14% of respondents have suffered from discrimination in jail or prison

    http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/MagArticle.cfm?Article=418&PageID=159&SID=EFE0937C76D62ACD1D6544967774209C&DSN=nsrc_dsn
    “Research is scant, but surveys indicate that the unemployment-underemployment rate for transgender women may be as high as 65 percent, says Marcus Arana, a discrimination investigator for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.”

    This one in DC is pretty enlightening too
    http://www.glaa.org/archive/2000/tgneedsassessment1112.shtml

  3. “…even in the most liberal areas of the USA, if you’re trans, you’re most likely unemployed.”

    got any statistics for this?

  4. “…even in the most liberal areas of the USA, if you’re trans, you’re most likely unemployed.”

    got any statistics for this?

  5. When they say the West, it doesn’t always mean the U.S.

    Canada (for the most part) is very supportive of transsexuals. I had a pre-op transsexual
    co-worker at my last job, and she was treated with respect. No jokes, no making her use
    the men’s room. Nothing. And that was over 10 years ago! 🙂

  6. When they say the West, it doesn’t always mean the U.S.

    Canada (for the most part) is very supportive of transsexuals. I had a pre-op transsexual
    co-worker at my last job, and she was treated with respect. No jokes, no making her use
    the men’s room. Nothing. And that was over 10 years ago! 🙂

  7. Depends on what you call an “open mind.” I think if you take a look at unemployment figures for San Francisco, you’ll see that even in the most liberal areas of the USA, if you’re trans, you’re most likely unemployed.

    As far as living elsewhere, I would in a minute. Canada would probably be first on my list. As it is right now, I’m just trying to survive where I am.

  8. Depends on what you call an “open mind.” I think if you take a look at unemployment figures for San Francisco, you’ll see that even in the most liberal areas of the USA, if you’re trans, you’re most likely unemployed.

    As far as living elsewhere, I would in a minute. Canada would probably be first on my list. As it is right now, I’m just trying to survive where I am.

  9. i’d disagree. there are certainly more individuals here in the west whose minds are more open to transsexuals than in the east, from my perspective. unlike rima, i was able to find a husband, and his family is very accepting towards me.

    yes, we have a long way to go, but i wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world.

  10. i’d disagree. there are certainly more individuals here in the west whose minds are more open to transsexuals than in the east, from my perspective. unlike rima, i was able to find a husband, and his family is very accepting towards me.

    yes, we have a long way to go, but i wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world.