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Half of trans people in Russia face job rejection, new study finds

Half of trans people in Russia face job rejection, new study finds

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A first of its kind study conducted in Russia reveals half of trans people are rejected for jobs based on their gender identity.

The study states: ‘Many employers are concerned about [the] risk of problems during inspections that might arise in case they hire a transgender person whose appearance does not match their passport data.’

Other worrying statistics include 62% of respondents not applying for jobs due to fear of discrimination, 41% avoiding seeing a doctor or using public health services and 34% choosing not to go to school or university.

Graph showing the percentage of respondents who deliberately avoided accessing public services
Graph showing the percentage of respondents who deliberately avoided accessing public services

‘Before I got new ID I did not travel anywhere if I could help it,’ said 22 year old Vitaliy, survey respondent.

‘I didn’t visit major museums where they could have asked to see my passport to prove Russian citizenship… I refrained from buying cigarettes and alcohol when I was alone.’

The study suggests these hesitations are due to a long and complicated procedure when trying to change official documents, sometimes taking several years.

In order to retain legal gender recognition, trans people need a psychiatric evaluation with a medical examination, prove they have undergone hormone replacement therapy, apply to amend birth records and replace all official documents.

As a result of this lengthy process, the report states: ‘Transgender persons often face abuse, workplace difficulties and are denied various services when compelled to show an ID that does not match their appearance and identity.’

This causes due stress on trans people and makes even the most simple things very difficult.

36 year old Alexander said: ‘ I once won a writing contest and was unable to collect the prize – they insisted on me showing my passport, and I decided to just go away.’

There currently exists a nasty catch-22 in all of this, according to the study: ‘[trans people] cannot afford medical examinations, therapy and legal gender recognition, whereas without ID and other documents matching their appearance and identity they cannot find steady employment.’