According to a recent study, around 1.4 million people, that is about 0.6% of U.S. adults are trans-genders. The numbers are double that of ten years ago and varies by state. The study is critical and will help in the framing of current policy discussions that will impact the daily life of transgenders. The policy debates include discussions on discrimination, access to restrooms and many other issues. A conclusion can be arrived at only with supportive data in order to assess potential impact and the number of people that will be affected. The urban District of Columbia has 14,550 people that accounts for 2.77% of the federal district’s population that has identified themselves as transgenders. The District of Columbia has the highest percentage of adults who have identified themselves as transgender.
Many states have about 100,000 or more individuals who are transgender and according to the research Florida has 100,300, California with 218,000 and Texas with 125,350 individuals who identify as transgender. The study indicates that the states of Hawaii, New Mexico, Georgia, and California have the highest percentage (0.8%) of adults indentifying as transgender and Texas and Florida accounts for 0.7%. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa and Montana were the five states with 0.3% transgender identified adults that is the lowest percentage.
Political debates are concentrating upon major issues like the services and protection from discrimination concerns to be extended to transgender Americans and to protect their rights. The Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon announced that the military will not prevent transgender Americans from serving openly. Carter also stated that members in service will not be discharged or separated from service on basis of gender identity. Youngsters in the age of 18 to 24 are most likely to identify themselves as transgender, they account for 0.7%. The researchers at William Institute compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System that represents 50 states in the District of Columbia and U.S.