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About 5% of young American adults are transgender or non-binary, survey finds

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Topline

About 5% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 identify as transgender or non-binary, a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday finds more than any other adult age group.

Highlights

About 2% of respondents aged 18-29 said they were transgender and 3% said they were non-binary.

This is significantly higher than the 0.6% of respondents of all ages who said they were transgender and 1% who said they were non-binary.

Some 1.6% of respondents aged 30 to 45 identify as transgender or non-binary, and 0.3% of respondents aged 50 or older.

Pew found that 44% of respondents personally know a transgender person, up from 37% in 2017, and 20% of respondents said they personally know a non-binary person.

Pew surveyed more than 10,000 people from May 16-22.

Key context

In 2020, 5.6% of American adults identified as LGBTQ, up from 4.5% in 2017, according to a Gallup survey. Among Gen Zers, those born between 1997 and 2002, 15.9% identified as LGBTQ. A large majority of LGBTQ respondents in this age group, 72%, said they were bisexual.

Tangent

Pew’s survey, which was released during Pride Month, comes at a time when the LGBTQ community has been targeted by lawmakers across the country. This spring, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott introduced a directive calling for investigations into parents whose children receive gender-affirming care. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed what became known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill in April, limiting how gender identity and sexual orientation can be discussed in theaters. of class. According to the American Library Association, many books banned or challenged last year had LGBTQ content.

Further reading

Texas Governor Abbott’s campaign calls transgender ‘child abuse’ rule a political ‘winner’ (Forbes)

Florida Governor DeSantis Signs ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Amid Controversy (Forbes)

‘Unprecedented’ Book Ban Attempts in 2021 – Many with LGBTQ Themes – Library Group Reports (Forbes)