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    New Estimates Show that 150,000 Youth Ages 13 to 17 Identify as Transgender in the US

    Jody L. Herman, Andrew R. Flores, Taylor N. T. Brown, Bianca D.M. Wilson, and Kerith J. Conron, January 2017

    An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13 to 17, or 150,000 youth, identify as transgender in the United States, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

    The study provides new estimates of the age composition of individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. and estimates of the size of the transgender-identified population by age group. The youngest age group, 13 to 17, has the highest estimated percentage of individuals who identify as transgender.

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    If Passed, Texas Senate Bill 6 Would Negatively Impact Over 125,000 Transgender Adults in Texas and Thousands of Transgender Youth

    Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings, and public universities based on “biological sex” and would pre-empt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender Texans to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. SB 6 would contribute to a discriminatory environment for LGBT people, and have a direct impact on 125,000 transgender adults and thousands of transgender youth in the state. In addition, SB 6 would conflict with federal laws, the laws of other states, and the policies of most large companies. As a result, Texas risks significant economic impacts.

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    Research Finds Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women More Common than Previously Known

    For Immediate Release November 28, 2016 Media Contact: Noel Alumit, alumit@law.ucla.edu Office: 310-794-2332 Cell: 323-828-5554 Research Finds Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women More Common than Previously Known A New Journal Article Explores Sexual Victimization by Women (Los Angeles) — Using U.S. federal agency data, researchers find that female sexual perpetration is more common than previously …

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    Adults Who Identify as Transgender are More Racially and Ethnically Diverse than the U.S. General Population

    For Immediate Release: October 4, 2016 Media Contact: Noel Alumit, alumit@law.ucla.edu Office: 310-794-2332 Cell: 323-828-5554 Adults Who Identify as Transgender are More Racially and Ethnically Diverse than the U.S. General Population New study finds that adults who identify as transgender are more likely than the U.S. population to identify as Latino or Hispanic and African-American …

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    For Immigrants, HIV Criminalization Can Mean Incarceration and Deportation

    For Immediate Release: October 4, 2016 Media Contact: Noel Alumit, alumit@law.ucla.edu Office: 310-794-2332 Cell: 323-828-5554 FOR IMMIGRANTS, HIV CRIMINALIZATION CAN MEAN INCARCERATION AND DEPORTATION  New Study Shows 15 Percent of People who had Contact with Californa Criminal System because of HIV Criminalization Laws were Foreign Born LOS ANGELES – A new study suggests that for some immigrants, …

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    $15 Wage Would Lift Nearly 30,000 People In Same Sex Couples Out of Poverty

    For Immediate Release: September 13, 2016 Media Contact: Noel Alumit, alumit@law.ucla.edu Office: 310-794-2332 Cell: 323-828-5554 A $15 MINIMUM WAGE WOULD LIFT NEARLY 30,000 PEOPLE IN SAME SEX COUPLES OUT OF POVERTY  Raise in minimum wage would see 46% drop in poverty for female couples and 35% drop in male couples  Los Angeles—This week it was announced that the official United …

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    The Williams Institute Releases New Report on LGBT Older Adults Highlighting Isolation, Discrimination,

    For Immediate Release: August 31, 2016 Media Contact: Noel Alumit, alumit@law.ucla.edu Office: 310-794-2332 The Williams Institute Releases New Report on LGBT Older Adults Highlighting Isolation, Discrimination, and Health Disparities   Report is basis for recommendations that federal agency target resources to LGBT seniors Los Angeles—In LGBT Aging: A Review of Research Findings, Needs, and Policy Implications, Soon Kyu Choi …

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    New study finds state recognition of marriage is associated with improved well-being for same-sex couples

    For Immediate Distribution July 28, 2016 Contact: The Williams Institute, williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu, (310) 267-4382 In marriage equality states prior to Obergefell, same-sex couples experienced less psychological distress and fewer feelings of isolation. LOS ANGELES -Same-sex marriage recognition at the state level, prior to the recognition of marriage in all US States, was associated with less psychological distress about …

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    Study finds LGBT adults experience food insecurity and participate in SNAP at higher levels than non-LGBT adults

    For Immediate Distribution July 18, 2016 Contact: The Williams Institute, williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu, (310) 267-4382 More than 1 in 4 LGBT adults (27%) experienced a time in the last year when they did not have enough money for the food that they or their families needed. LOS ANGELES — LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples often …

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    Cisgender women living with HIV in Los Angeles County face an array of unmet legal needs

    Press Release
    Feb. 9, 2016

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    Updated estimates show 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the US, doubling estimates from a decade ago

    For Immediate Distribution June 30, 2016 Contact: The Williams Institute, williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu, (310) 267-4382 Representative, state-level surveys provide data sources for estimates of the population of adults who identify as transgender. LOS ANGELES — An estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States, or 1.4 million individuals, identify as transgender, according to a new study authored …

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    Mississippi’s HB 1523, Set to Go into Effect July 1, Permits Discrimination Against the State’s LGBT Population of More than 60,000

    For Immediate Distribution June 23, 2016 Contact: The Williams Institute, williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu, (310) 267-4382 Federal court in Mississippi hearing challenges to the law this week. LOS ANGELES – Mississippi’s House Bill 1523, which goes into effect on July 1, 2016, permits state officials, healthcare professionals, schools, employers, and wedding service providers to discriminate against LGBT people …

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    Weddings by 123,000 Same-Sex Couples in the Last Year Boosted National Economy by Over $1.58 Billion

    For Immediate Distribution June 22, 2016 Contact: The Williams Institute, williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu, (310) 267-4382 Wedding spending generated $102 million in state and local sales tax revenue LOS ANGELES—Marriages by same-sex couples have generated an estimated $1.58 billion boost to the national economy and $102 million in state and local sales tax revenue since the U.S. Supreme …

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    Laverne Cox, star of “Orange Is the New Black,” and Shannon Minter, nationally renowned civil rights attorney, to be honored at second annual uniTy Reception for Transgender Health, Research and Rights

    For Immediate Distribution June 16,2016 Contact: Hamid Jahangard, jahangard@law.ucla.edu, (310) 794-5192 The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law brings together community leaders, students and philanthropists to support data collection on gender identity. LOS ANGELES — On June 19, 2016, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law will host the uniTy Reception to honor Laverne …

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    HB2 Could Cost North Carolina Almost $5 Billion a Year

    Press Release
    May 11, 2016

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    Washington State Ballot Initiative Restricting Restroom Access Would Put $4.5 Billion in Federal Funding At Risk

    Press Release
    May 5, 2016

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    North Carolina’s House Bill 2 Puts $4.8 Billion in Federal Funding At Risk

    Press Release
    May 4, 2016

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    HIV service providers support many legal needs despite few resources, new study shows

    Press Release
    April 19, 2016

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    New Study Shows No Differences in Family Relationships or Child Health Outcomes between Same-sex and Different-sex Parent Households

    Press Release
    April 11, 2016

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    Strict Voter ID Laws Impose Added Costs for Transgender Voters

    Press Release
    March 31, 2016

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