A transgender student said that she was attacked and left with a concussion at high school after being verbally assaulted.
Willow Andring explained to CBS Pittsburgh that a male student assaulted her after making verbal insults about her trans identity in an incident that was caught on camera at Armstrong High School.
“He pulled me from behind and started beating me up,” Andring said. “Before that he had been calling me names, saying, ‘It’s not a she, it’s not a he, it’s an it.’”
The 14-year-old told her mother that the insults started at lunch earlier that day, with the situation eventually escalating into a physical altercation.
“What Willow told me that day was that they were used to the name-calling and that they could bear it, but they never thought that this would happen,” Heather Andring, Willow’s mother, said.
Heather called on the Pittsburgh-based secondary school to enforce tougher consequences on 8 November at a school board meeting, adding that it also needs to implement widespread change.
“We would really like to see a change in the culture at the school,” she stated.
The board said its members “are listening” to concerns raised by parents.
“Appreciate all of your comments on behalf of the board. We are listening and we are certainly willing to work with the community and the administration to do whatever it takes to be proactive and not reactive to this problem and promote change,” they explained.
Published on 29 September, TransActual UK’s ‘Trans lives survey 2021: Enduring the UK’s hostile environment’ report aims to highlight the reality of living as a trans and/or non-binary person in the UK.
It was found that a shocking 98% of transgender people do not think NHS transition related care is completely adequate.
In addition, almost half (45%) feel their GP does not have a good understanding of their needs as a trans person, a figure that rises to 55% for non-binary people.
This is something that was found to have a significant impact on respondents, with 57% of trans people saying they had avoided their GP when unwell due to a lack of understanding from them, as well as fear of discrimination.
Approximately one in seven of those surveyed said they had been refused care or treatment by a GP because of their trans status at least once.
This discrimination stretched to employment, with 63% of participants reporting a transphobic encounter when looking for work.
Accessing goods or services saw similar findings, with 72% saying they experienced this in this realm.
The report is based on the TransActual Community Voice Survey 2021, an online survey of trans adults in the UK that was carried out between January and February 2021.
According to TransActual UK, there were 702 responses to the survey, however five responses were ineligible, meaning the report relates to the 697 eligible respondents.