Transgender and Cisgender US Veterans Have Few Health Differences

By Janelle Downing, Kerith J. Conron, Jody L. Herman and John R. Blosnich
July 2018

The mental and physical health of transgender veterans is similar to cisgender veterans, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Transgender veterans differ only on the likelihood of having at least one disability, such an incapacity in vision, cognition, mobility, self-care or independent living.

The study found that the two populations did have demographic and economic differences, however. Transgender veterans experienced higher rates of poverty and less education and were less likely to be married or partnered compared to cisgender veterans.

There are an estimated 163,000 transgender veterans in the U.S. Researchers found that, overall, transgender people have served at similar rates to cisgender people though people assigned male at birth were less likely to be veterans and people assigned female at birth were five times more likely to be veterans compared to cisgender people.



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