Who are California’s transgender adults? New study finds some surprises
By Kevin Fagan
October 31, 2017
Transgender adults in California have about the same poverty and education levels as people who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth, but they are more likely to be white and to be struggling with suicidal impulses, according to a new UCLA study.
The report, which is being released Tuesday as part of UCLA’s annual California Health Interview Survey, found that there are an estimated 92,000 transgender adults in California, or 0.35 percent of the state’s over-18 population.
UCLA billed the study as the most comprehensive survey of transgender demographics ever conducted in California. In at least one respect, researchers said, its conclusions were not surprising: The finding that 22 percent of transgender people have attempted suicide, compared with 4 percent for adults who identify with their birth-assigned gender, was similar to reports in earlier studies.