All too often, the transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary community deals with a significant amount depression and anxiety. When comparing the general population to the transgender community, the percentage of folks who deal with mental health issues goes from 6.7 percent to 50 percent. This staggering statistic is due to the discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance, and the abuse they face on a regular basis. As the spouse of a transgender woman, I have witnessed first hand how damaging this kind of mistreatment really is.
At this point in my life I spend the majority of my time with folks from the transgender community. Through the process of helping to run a transgender community center, I have become very close to the people that we service, and they have become more like family that anything else. Their experiences of intolerance and inequality are heartbreaking. It is no wonder that the rates of depression and anxiety are so high. If every cisgender bigot had the opportunity to listen to some of their stories of discrimination and abuse, the world just might be a more accepting place. Then perhaps the depression statistics could be lowered to normal numbers.