New study es­ti­mates num­ber of Amer­i­can, Ge­or­gian trans­gen­der teens

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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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