Intersectionality and Social Welfare: Avoidance and Unequal Treatment among Transgender Women of Color

This research seeks adds to the emergent literature on intersectionality and public administration through examining how transgender women of color (trans WOC) are interacting with U.S. social welfare offices. It is our contention that trans WOC, facing a compounded set of negative stereotypes derived from racial and gender identities, will be more likely than other transgender identifying persons to: 1) avoid seeking out public welfare benefits, and 2) be more likely to report experiencing discriminatory treatment in social welfare offices. Using data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey we uncover evidence that trans WOC are more likely to avoid social welfare offices and face discrimination in social welfare offices. Scholars and administrators of social welfare programs, including Social Security related benefits, should be aware of the potential for public benefit avoidance and administrative discrimination directed toward historically marginalized groups, and prioritize social equity considerations among clients facing compounded intersectional barriers.

This research seeks adds to the emergent literature on intersectionality and public administration through examining how transgender women of color (trans WOC) are interacting with U.S. social welfare offices. It is our contention that trans WOC, facing a compounded set of negative stereotypes derived from racial and gender identities, will be more likely than other transgender identifying persons to: 1) avoid seeking out public welfare benefits, and 2) be more likely to report experiencing discriminatory treatment in social welfare offices. Using data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey we uncover evidence that trans WOC are more likely to avoid social welfare offices and face discrimination in social welfare offices. Scholars and administrators of social welfare programs, including Social Security related benefits, should be aware of the potential for public benefit avoidance and administrative discrimination directed toward historically marginalized groups, and prioritize social equity considerations among clients facing compounded intersectional barriers.

File Type: 13468
Categories: Civil Rights, Communities of Color, Discrimination, Equity, Gender Equity, LGBTQ+, Public Administration, Public Policy, Race, Racial Equity, Social Justice, Stereotypes, Women