Feature Resource: Trans PULSE


The Trans PULSE Project is a community-based research project that is investigating the impact of social exclusion and discrimination on the health of trans people in Ontario, Canada.

What Trans PULSE can tell us about trans women in Ontario:

  •  In spite of being highly educated (3/4 of Ontario trans women have at least some post-secondary education), 68% of trans women across the province live on less than $30 000/year.
  • 31% of racialized and Aboriginal trans people in Ontario have reported feeling uncomfortable in trans spaces because of their race or ethnicity.
  •  21% of trans Ontarians have avoided accessing hospital emergency care because of the perception that their trans status would negatively affect their experience.
  • 6% of trans people have heard that being trans is not normal.
  • Among the 77% of trans Ontarians that have seriously considered suicide, trans youth are almost three times as likely as their older counterparts to have recently attempted suicide.
  • 61% [of TransPULSE participants] who had been in prison while presenting in their felt gender were not in the prison appropriate to their felt gender, some or all of the time.

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