>> A new landmark survey out Thursday reveals that nearly 60% of transgender adults in the US avoided using public restrooms last year for fear of harassment. The study known as the US Trans Survey was conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind for measuring quality of life for America's estimated 1.4 million transgender citizens.
Reuters correspond Dan Trotta reviewed the results.>> About one in ten people say they were actually denied access to bathrooms. Some 12% say they were verbally harassed. Smaller numbers, around 1% each, were physically attacked in some way, sexually assaulted.>> Kate Lynn Blatt, whose former employer allowed her to use the bathroom that matched her gender identity, is in that small percentage of people who have been attacked after entering the bathroom.
>> One of these women that worked with me on my shift. Her husband comes in and attacks me in the lunch room. Because he ain't gonna have some guy raping his wife in the locker room. And then, the company fired me for it.>> The survey also found that some 31% of people actually reduced what they ate and drank.
So that they didn't have to go to the public restroom. And that others even develop urinary tract infections and other kidney problems as a result of holding it in.>> The survey was taken in 2015 before the passage of North Carolina's House Bill 2. Also known as the bathroom law.
Trotta says the new data could prove useful in future public policy debates.>> What people with the National Center for Transgender Equality say is this counters the narrative used in North Carolina and other places to justify the law. Where they created images of grown men pretending to be women just so they could sneak into the bathroom and peek at little girls.
What this survey shows is actually the opposite is more true. That is, that transgender people themselves have been victimized in the bathroom, in the public restroom in the United States.>> Trotta says that beyond the immediate impact of contributing to the political debate. The survey also provides much needed data that should satisfy researchers for years to come.