New study estimates number of American, Georgian transgender teens
Just under 1 percent of Georgian teens aged 13 to 17 identify as transgender, according to a study released Jan. 17 by The Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law.
That’s about 4,950 youths, the study shows. About 0.86 percent of young adults in the Peach State — aged 18 to 24 — identify as transgender.
Nationally, there are an estimated 150,000 transgender teens in the 13-to-17 age range, the study finds. It is the age group with the highest percentage of individuals who identify as transgender.
“Agencies and institutions that have a responsibility to protect and promote the well-being of adolescents now have an idea of how many transgender youth should be served in every state in the US,” Dr. Kerith Conron, one of the study’s authors, said in a news release.
States with the largest estimated transgender youth populations are California, Texas, New York and Florida. The smallest are North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. Georgia falls toward the higher end.
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