Transgender Issues

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    Potential Impact of Voter ID Laws for Transgender People

    Kathryn O'Neill, Jody L. Herman
    February 2020

    An estimated 965,350 transgender adults will be eligible to vote in 2020, and 378,000 of them could face barriers to voting at the polls.

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    Prohibiting Gender-Affirming Medical Care for Youth

    Kerith J. Conron, Kathryn O'Neill
    February 6, 2020

    An estimated 16,750 transgender youth in the U.S. ages 13 and older are at risk of being denied gender-affirming medical care due to proposed state bans.

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    Public Opinion of Transgender Rights in South Korea

    Horim Yi, Winston Luhur, Taylor N.T. Brown
    December 2019

    A majority of South Koreans surveyed agree that transgender people should be allowed to have surgery so their body matches their identity.

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    Suicide Thoughts and Attempts Among Transgender Adults

    Jody L. Herman, Taylor N.T. Brown, Ann P. Haas
    September 2019

    Discrimination experiences are associated with an increase in the prevalence of suicide attempts among transgender adults.

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    Public Opinion of Transgender Rights in the US

    Winston Luhur, Taylor N.T. Brown, Andrew R. Flores
    August 2019

    Analysis finds that more Americans hold positive opinions toward transgender people than negative ones.

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    Amicus Brief Filed in Adree Edmo v. Idaho Department of Corrections

    Jody L. Herman
    April 2019

    The cost of providing gender-confirming surgery (GCS) to the state’s small transgender inmate population would be negligible.

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    Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Laws in Public Accommodations

    Amira Hasenbush, Andrew R. Flores, Jody L. Herman
    September 2018

    Massachusetts’ gender-identity inclusive public accommodations nondiscrimination laws do not negatively impact safety in public restrooms.

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    Transgender Students in Higher Education

    Abbie E. Goldberg
    August 2018

    Transgender-inclusive policies on campus give transgender students a greater sense of belonging and more positive perceptions of the academic environment.

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    Impact of Strict Voter ID Laws on Transgender Voters in 2018 General Election

    Jody L. Herman, Taylor N.T. Brown
    August 2018

    Strict voter ID laws may present a barrier to voting for 78,000 transgender people who do not have identification that reflects their correct gender.

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    Transgender and Cisgender US Veterans Have Few Health Differences

    Janelle Downing, Kerith J. Conron, Jody L. Herman, John R. Blosnich
    July 2018

    The mental and physical health of transgender veterans is similar to cisgender veterans. Transgender veterans differ only on the likelihood of having at least one disability.

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    Greater Visibility Reduces Transphobia and Increases Support for Transgender Rights

    Andrew R. Flores, Donald P Haider-Markel, Daniel C. Lewis, Patrick R. Miller, Barry L. Tadlock, Jami K. Taylor
    May 2018

    A new study finds exposure to images and information about transgender people helps reduce transphobia, which increases an individual’s support for the equality and legal protection of transgender people.

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    Characteristics and Mental Health of Gender Nonconforming Adolescents in California

    Bianca D.M. Wilson, Soon Kyu Choi, Jody Herman, Tara Becker, Kerith Conron
    December 2017

    A new report provides the first look at data collected from the California Health Interview Survey, which for the first time measured gender expression and mental health indicators among California’s youth population.

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    Public Opinion on Transgender Rights: Poland

    Taylor N. T. Brown
    November 2017

    Using data from a nationally-representative sample, this report documents public opinion of transgender people and their rights in Poland and provides detailed findings of the characteristics that may affect these attitudes.

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    Demographics and Health of California’s Transgender Adults

    Jody Herman, Bianca D.M. Wilson, Tara Becker
    October 2017

    A new report provides the first look at transgender data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest state survey. The report reveals demographic characteristics of transgender adults in the state, such as population size, racial makeup and marital status, as well as disparities in their health status.

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    Scholars File Amici Brief in Transgender Veterans Case

    June 2017

    On June 28, 2017, Williams Institute and other scholars who study the transgender population submitted an amici brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Fulcher v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In their amici brief, the scholars present social science data and scholarly research regarding the transgender population establishing that transgender status should be considered a suspect classification for purposes of Constitutional equal-protection analysis.

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    Demographic Characteristics and Health Status of Transgender Adults in Select US Regions: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2014

    Dr. Ilan H. Meyer with Taylor N.T. Brown and Dr. Jody L. Herman, the Williams Institute; Dr. Sari L. Reisner, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; Dr. Walter O. Bockting, Columbia University Medical Center, May 2017

    Transgender adults in the U.S. are more likely than cisgender adults to report poor health and lack of health insurance coverage. The study is the first to analyze health data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a nationally representative survey that includes questions to identify transgender individuals in 19 states and one U.S. territory.

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    Exploring International Priorities & Best Practices for Collecting Data on Gender Minorities

    Taylor N.T Brown, Jody L. Herman, Andrew Park, March 2017

    On June 17th, 2016, researchers at the Williams Institute, along with a steering committee of advisers, convened an international meeting of experts in Amsterdam. The purpose was to consider the current lack of international standards for collecting data about gender minorities in official, large-scale surveys.

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    Scholars File Amici Brief in Gloucester County School Board v. GG

    On March 2, 2017, sixty scholars who study the transgender population–many of whom are affiliated with the Williams Institute–filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Gloucester County School Board v. GG. The case concerns a transgender student’s access to school facilities consistent with his gender identity.

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    Media Advisory: Fact Sheet on Guidance Protecting Over 350,000 Transgender Youth and Young Adults From Discrimination

    News outlets are reporting that the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice will withdraw legal guidance that protects over 350,000 transgender youth and young adults in the United States from discrimination in education. The Williams Institute is providing this fact sheet to assist with reporting on the issue. Williams Institute scholars are available for comment.

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    Scholars File Amici Brief On Transgender Youth

    On January 30, 2017, 62 scholars who study the transgender population–many of whom are affiliated with the Williams Institute–filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Whitaker v. Kenosha School District.  The appeal concerns a transgender student’s access to facilities consistent with his gender identity.  In their …

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