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

Andrew R. Flores, Taylor N. T. Brown, and Jody L. Herman
October, 2016

Adults who identify as transgender are more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. population overall, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide estimates of the racial and ethnic make-up of adults who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

In Race and Ethnicity of Adults who Identify as Transgender in the United States, Williams Institute researchers Andrew R. Flores, Ph.D., Taylor N. T. Brown, MPP, and Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., estimate that adults who identify as transgender are less likely to be white and more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities when compared to the U.S. general population. Adults who identify as African-American or black, Latino or Hispanic, and adults of another race or ethnicity are more likely than white adults to identify as transgender.

“We have suspected from prior research with smaller representative samples that people who identify as transgender are more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. population,” Dr. Jody L. Herman said. “Data we now have from more state-level surveys are confirming that suspicion.”

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