5 Things to Know About Transgender Americans

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Associated Press
By David Crary
April 24, 2015

These are pivotal times for transgender Americans, as they gain in visibility yet remain buffeted by bias and misunderstanding.

Five things to know about this diverse community and the challenges it faces:



According to demographer Gary Gates of the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, an estimated 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, while only one-tenth that many — about 700,000 — are transgender. Yet there’s growing awareness of the transgender community, fueled by positive portrayals on popular TV shows, an array of campaigns to expand transgender rights, and recurring reports of homicides and suicides claiming the lives of transgender people.

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