The Impact of the 2016 US Presidential Elections on Transgender and Gender Diverse People

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2021
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Introduction With Trump's presidency came a rise in the oppression of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people, as the nation witnessed a removal of protections for TGD people. Methods We examined the daily experiences of 181 TGD individuals (ages 16-40, M age = 25.6) through their reflections about daily stressors over the course of 8 weeks (data collected fall 2015-summer 2017), some of which reflected shifts during the election period. Results During the 2016 presidential election, participants reported a rise in marginalization stress and the subsequent impact on safety, mental health, and well-being. There were three emergent themes: External Rejection and Stigma from Dominant Culture; Supporting the TGD Community; and Fear for the Self and Development of Proximal Stressors. Conclusions In line with marginalization stress theory, participants vocalized the progression from exterior stigmatization to proximal stressors and their heightened sense of vigilance and fear of the dominant culture. Policy Implications Based on the results of this study, policy makers and TGD advocates must work to ensure that political rhetoric and action do not serve to further marginalize and erase TGD communities.

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Transgender and gender diverse, Transgender, Marginalization stress, Minority stress, Politics, Stigma, MENTAL-HEALTH, RELATIONSHIP QUALITY, MINORITY STRESS, STIGMA, GAY, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
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Price, S. F., Puckett, J., & Mocarski, R. (2020). The Impact of the 2016 US Presidential Elections on Transgender and Gender Diverse People. In Sexuality Research and Social Policy (Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 1094–1103). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-020-00513-2