Bisexual people and Transgender communities
Studies of bisexual people consistently show that they have even higher rates of depression or depressive symptoms than same-sex attracted people.6
The prevalence of depression and anxiety among transgender communities is higher than for other lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
In an Australian survey of LGBTI people, around 60 per cent of transgender males and 50 per cent of transgender females reported having depression. A 2007 survey of Australian and New Zealand transgender people found that almost 90 per cent had experienced at least one form of stigma or discrimination, including verbal abuse, social exclusion, receiving lesser treatment due to their name or sex on documents, physical threats and violence.7 Almost two thirds of participants reported modifying their activities due to fear of stigma or discrimination.8 People experiencing a greater number of different types of discrimination were more likely to report being currently depressed.9
beyondblue funded Australia’s first Trans Mental Health Study, which found that trans people experience very high levels of depression and anxiety.