Transgender and “non-binary” individuals are subject to a higher risk of mental illness and suicidal thoughts or actions according to researchers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics in 2018 released information that transgender adolescents attempted suicide rate ranged from 29.9 to 50.8 percent.
American’s unwillingness to date transgender and “non-binary” individuals is now causing further suffering again according to the researchers.
Participants in a survey were asked what type of person would be included in their “hypothetical” pool of “potential dating partners.”
The following options were given: “a cisgender woman,” “a cisgender man,” “a transgender woman,” “a transgender man” and “a person with a non-binary gender identification,” and told to choose all that apply.
The majority of the 958 respondents would not consider dating someone who identifies as transgender which came as no surprise.
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“Recently, my colleague and I asked this question of just under 1,000 participants and we published our findings in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,” Blair wrote in a Sunday Psychology Today article laying out the pair’s findings.
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“Our results indicated that 87.5% of the participants who were asked this very question only checked off the cisgender options and excluded transgender and non-binary individuals from their hypothetical dating pool,” she added.
And Blair argues, though the question may seem simple or even foolish, that it is anything but “inconsequential.”
“After all, relationships are one of our most important sources of social support. Indeed, our relationships play an important role in our overall mental and physical well-being and our relationships are a better predictor of how long we’ll live than smoking or obesity!” she continues.
Therefore, if relationships are a better indicator of health, well-being and life expectancy, the smaller “dating pool” created by lack of attraction from straight, “cisgender” people must have profound impacts on transgenders, Blair contends.
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The remainder of her Psychology Today article did not shy away from the opportunity to not-so-subtly blaming straight people’s lack of attraction to the transgender community for higher rates of suicide and other mental health problems.