These are pivotal times for the visibly emerging transgender community. Transgender people are coming out in record numbers while increasingly demanding economic equality. The transgender community is recognizing that without the ability to achieve economic parity in the marketplace, social marginalization -- often accompanied by unemployment/underemployment, poverty, substance abuse, prostitution, depression and even suicide attempts -- will remain the status quo.
For trans people, economic equality isn't a luxury: It's a necessity. Without the ability to have a job and earn a decent living, the plunge into poverty can be swift and brutal. Poverty carries its own inherent set of hardships. Research indicates that the transgender community knows about those difficulties firsthand.