The Impact of the 2016 US Presidential Elections on Transgender and Gender Diverse People

Sarah F. Price, Jae Puckett, Richard Mocarski

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Introduction: With Trump’s presidency came a rise in the oppression of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people, as the nation witnessed a removal of protections for TGD people. Methods: We examined the daily experiences of 181 TGD individuals (ages 16–40, M age = 25.6) through their reflections about daily stressors over the course of 8 weeks (data collected fall 2015–summer 2017), some of which reflected shifts during the election period. Results: During the 2016 presidential election, participants reported a rise in marginalization stress and the subsequent impact on safety, mental health, and well-being. There were three emergent themes: External Rejection and Stigma from Dominant Culture; Supporting the TGD Community; and Fear for the Self and Development of Proximal Stressors. Conclusions: In line with marginalization stress theory, participants vocalized the progression from exterior stigmatization to proximal stressors and their heightened sense of vigilance and fear of the dominant culture. Policy Implications: Based on the results of this study, policy makers and TGD advocates must work to ensure that political rhetoric and action do not serve to further marginalize and erase TGD communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1103
Number of pages10
JournalSexuality Research and Social Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Marginalization stress
  • Minority stress
  • Politics
  • Stigma
  • Transgender
  • Transgender and gender diverse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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