The basics about the site and about transition.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Dr. Gary J. Gates, a demographic researcher at UCLA specializing in the demographic and economic characteristics of the LGBT population, has released a report estimating that there are 700,000 people in the United States who identify as transgender. Published estimates (including work by Lynn Conway) suggest prevalence between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 200 Americans. Based on this estimate, trans people have a larger population than many major cities, including Baltimore, Boston, Seattle, and our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. If we all lived in the same city, it would be one of the 20 largest in the country.
The Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey represents one of the few population-based surveys that include a question designed to identify the transgender population. Analyses of the 2007 and 2009 surveys suggest that 0.5% of adults aged 18-64 identified as transgender (Conron 2011).
The 2003 California LGBT Tobacco Survey found that 3.2% of LGBT individuals identified as transgender. Recall that the 2009 California Health Interview Survey estimates that 3.2% of adults in the state are LGB. If both of these estimates are true, it implies that approximately 0.1% of adults in California are transgender.
Several studies have reviewed multiple sources to construct estimates of a variety of dimensions of gender identity. Conway (2002) suggests that between 0.5% and 2% of the population have strong feelings of being transgender and between 0.1% and 0.5% actually take steps to transition from one gender to another. Olyslager and Conway (2007) refine Conway’s original estimates and posit that at least 0.5% of the population has taken some steps toward transition. Researchers in the United Kingdom (Reed, et al., 2009) suggest that perhaps 0.1% of adults are transgender (defined again as those who have transitioned in some capacity).
Notably, the estimates of those who have transitioned are consistent with the survey- based estimates from California and Massachusetts. Those surveys both used questions that implied a transition or at least discordance between sex at birth and current gender presentation.
How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?
The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law
Posted by Andrea James
on 04/10 at 08:19 AM
Friday, July 02, 2010
A reader has generously translated the timetable section of this site into Spanish.
Un lector ha traducido generosamente la sección de calendario de esta pagina en español.
Lanzarse demasiado pronto a vivir full time es probablemente la principal causa de posible infelicidad en una transición. La mayor parte de nosotras desea hacerlo pronto, pero hay que ser realista. Creo que cuanto más te prepares para vivir full time, mayor es la probabilidad de que tengas una transición sin problemas. Aquellas que quieren ser aceptadas como mujeres por otras personas deben adecuarse a su nuevo rol mental, física y financieramente.
Personalizando el cronograma de tu transición
Posted by Andrea James
on 07/02 at 05:11 PM
Friday, October 02, 2009
Trans author and philanthropist Joanne Herman has published a new book called New book: Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not:
Joanne Herman, a transgender woman who read everything in sight to understand her own gender incongruity, has been helping others with her non-complicated explanations of transgender for almost a decade. Now she has written down her explanations for all to read in Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not. Organized by topic into short, easy-to-read chapters, Transgender Explained is perfect for parents, relatives, colleagues, friends, allies and even journalists who want to quickly get up to speed on what it means to be transgender.
Posted by Andrea James
on 10/02 at 10:55 AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Calpernia Addams notes in a thoughtful essay full of advice for young people considering a gender transition:
Transition is never perfect, never easy and never finished. But it does get better, it does easier and it does recede into the background as time goes by.
[...] Focus on your dream, visualize yourself as a beautiful, happy woman living in her own place, with her own car and a good job where she is so valued and essential due to her skills that they would have no problem accepting her past if it should ever come to light.
Much more excellent advice at the link below.