Trans people make up approximately 1–2% of the population, though this could change in the future.
Transgender people are more common than you might think. Being transgender is not a trend, and it’s not new. Trans people have existed throughout history and will continue to be an important part of our society.
But depending on where you live, you might not meet many openly transgender individuals in your day-to-day life. So, let’s take a closer look at this vibrant community!
According to this 2022 report from UCLA’s School of Law Williams Institute, 1.6 million people ages 13 years and up identify as transgender in the United States. This means that approximately 1.4% of the U.S. population is transgender!
Some research also shows that this number is growing, as around 5% of young adults identify as transgender. They found that the community further breaks down as follows:
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As far as the world population goes, the country’s statistics for the number of trans people can range anywhere from 0.6–3%. The highest numbers of trans people are reported in countries Germany and Sweden.
When we see the growing representation of trans people in social and mainstream media, it’s important to remember that people will feel more comfortable living openly and freely when there’s a more supportive environment, more resources, and less criminalization for being themselves.
As societal support grows and discrimination decreases, it’s likely we’ll see the reported number of transgender people rise until its natural level is revealed. Far from being a sign of indoctrination, this is a sign of a healthy society that we’ve seen in other areas before.
One popular example of this has been coined the “Left Handed Argument.” In the past, left-handedness was treated as a “sin” and highly stigmatized within society. Those who were naturally left-handed were encouraged or forced to use their right hand dominantly. This discrimination often found its way into our language and religious beliefs as well.
When society no longer believed that being left-handed was the work of “the devil” and stopped training everyone at school to use their right hand in the mid-20th century, for many decades we saw the reported number of left-handed people grow.
Now in the 21st century, the reports have leveled off and we know that about 10% of the population is naturally left-handed. It’s likely that we’ll see similar patterns as we learn the natural level of the transgender population in an accepting society.
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These statistics are confirmed by Fenway Health. Their participants reported the following reasons for detransitioning:
- pressure from a parent (35.5%)
- pressure from their community or societal stigma (32.5%)
- trouble finding a job (26.8%)
- fluctuations in their gender identity or desire (10.4%)
- pressure from medical health professionals (5.6%)
- pressure from religious leaders (5.3%)
- doubts about their gender identity (2.4%)
So, it’s not entirely uncommon to detransition but there are many reasons why people might choose to do so, especially due to dangerous and unforgiving environments. This doesn’t necessarily mean that these people stop feeling gender dysphoria, but they aren’t in the right space to transition (socially, medically, or legally) at the time.
You might be asking yourself, “But what does ‘trans’ really mean?” Or even, “Am I transgender?” This is a nuanced and complex topic, and it’s natural to have lots of questions. Here are some resources that can help you find answers:
- Your Guide to Understanding Gender Euphoria
- Can Gender Dysphoria Be a Phase?
- How to Identify and Treat Gender Dysphoria
- What Does it Mean to Be Gender Nonconforming?
- What Does it Mean to Be Transfeminine?
- What Does it Mean to Be Transmasculine?
- Everything You Need to Know About Gender-Affirming Care
- What’s the Difference Between Sex and Gender?
- What Does It Mean to Identify as Nonbinary?
- What Does It Mean to Identify as Genderqueer?
- What Does It Mean to Be Cisgender?
- What Is Deadnaming?
- What Does It Mean to Misgender Someone?
- What Does It Mean to Be Cissexist?
- How to Be Human: Talking to People Who Are Transgender or Nonbinary
Being transgender isn’t that uncommon anymore. 1.6 million people (1–2%) in the U.S. identify as transgender. Worldwide current numbers range between 0.6–3%. Reported numbers are proportionally higher in young people and may continue to grow in the years to come.
With more of the transgender population coming out, it’s pertinent that the medical care and social stigma in society should improve. This stigma hurts the physical and mental health of trans people and can lead to people detransitioning because of harsh and unsupportive environments.
There have been many anti-trans sentiments and bills in the U.S. lately, but many health professionals and child welfare organizations oppose the anti-LGBTQ bills, specifically those that target trans youth. This Pride Month, June 2023, it’s more important than ever to support and celebrate gender diversity in your life and all year long.