With the passage of House Bill 2, North Carolina’s law that bans transgender people from using the bathroom of their preferred gender status, bathroom access for transgender adults has been a hot topic in the news. Social Work professor, Dr. Kristie Seelman, recently published on the topic in an article entitled, Transgender Adults’ Access to College Bathrooms and Housing and the Relationship to Suicidality.
From the abstract:
Using the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, this study analyzes whether being denied access to these spaces is associated with lifetime suicide attempts, after controlling for interpersonal victimization by students or teachers. Findings from sequential logistic regression (N = 2,316) indicate that denial of access to either space had a significant relationship to suicidality, even after controlling for interpersonal victimization. This article discusses implications for higher education professionals and researchers.
This study has been featured or cited in the following media:
- The Washington Post, “The North Carolina Bathroom Bill Could Trigger a Health Crisis Among Transgender Youth, Research Shows,” April 18, 2016
- Inside Higher Ed, “Transgender Students, Bathroom Access and Suicide,” April 21, 2016
- The Daily Beast, “After North Carolina’s Law, Trans Suicide Hotline Calls Double,” April 20, 2016
- Science Daily, “Transgender College Students at Higher Risk for Suicide Attempts After Denial of Access to Bathrooms, Appropriate Housing, Study Finds,” April 19, 2016
- Slate Magazine, “Trans College Students Are More Likely to Attempt Suicide When Denied Bathroom Access,” April 21, 2016
- Georgia Voice, “Georgia State Study: Trans students’ Suicide Risk Significantly Higher When Denied Bathroom Access,” April 21, 2016
- Newsweek, “Denying Transgender People Bathroom Access is Linked to Suicide,” May 1, 2016.
Other publications by Dr. Seelman on transgender issues:
Seelman, KL. “Recommendations Of Transgender Students, Staff, And Faculty In The USA For Improving College Campuses.” Gender And Education 26.6 (2014): 618-635.
Seelman, KL. “Unequal Treatment Of Transgender Individuals In Domestic Violence And Rape Crisis Programs.” Journal Of Social Service Research 41.3 (2015): 307-325.