The Intersection of Race, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status, Trans Identity, and Mental Health Outcomes

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The present study examined patterns in trans individuals’ multiple identities
and mental health outcomes. Cluster 1 (socioeconomic and racial privilege; n =
239) was characterized by individuals who identified as trans women or crossdressers,
lesbian, bisexual, or questioning; had associates degrees; reported
household incomes of $60,000 or more a year; and were non-Latino White.
Cluster 2 (educational privilege; n = 191) was characterized by individuals who
identified as trans men or genderqueer, gay, or queer; had a bachelor’s degree;
reported household incomes of $10,000 or less a year; and were people of color.
There was a pattern of individuals in Cluster 1 who identified with two privileged
identities (identifying as White and having higher household incomes), whereas
individuals in Cluster 2 identified only formal education as a privilege. Individuals
in Cluster 2 reported statistically significant levels of anxiety. Implications of
these results for future research and clinical practice are examined.

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