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The Washington Post
By Lenny Bernstein
February 9, 2015

In this excellent post, my colleague Steven Petrow advised that if you’re wondering whether someone you know is transitioning from one gender to the other, it’s best to “check your curiosity and hold your tongue.” But we all have questions about a subject that is increasingly mainstream. Aside from the recent coverage of Bruce Jenner’s apparent transition, Laverne Cox last year became the first trans person on the cover of Time magazine, and Amazon debuted “Transparent,” a show about a father who is transitioning. Here are answers to some of the questions surrounding this issue.

How many people are transgender?

The Williams Institute, a think tank at the UCLA School of Law dedicated to research on sexual orientation law and public policy, estimates that 700,000 Americans are transgender. But a good piece last year on fivethirtyeight.com noted that there are no national surveys. And if there were, there is no agreement on what “trangender” means.

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