Results of Biggest Survey of Trans Americans Released

The vast majority reported they were more satisfied with life after transitioning
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2024 2:08 PM CST
Results of Biggest Survey of Trans Americans Released
A rainbow LGBTQ pride flag and a transgender pride flag flap in the breeze.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

It's the largest survey of transgender people in the US by a longshot: some 92,329 people ages 16 and up weighed in on their experience, and the prevailing sentiment was that life was better after transitioning. The previous largest survey, done in 2015, involved roughly 28,000 people. Specifics:

  • Life satisfaction. Per the 2022 US Transgender Survey Early Insights report released Wednesday by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), 94% of respondents who lived at least some of the time in a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth said they were either "a lot more satisfied" (79%) or "a little more satisfied" (15%) with their life. Only 2% were "a lot less satisfied." Those results were echoed elsewhere: Of those receiving hormone treatment, less than 1% said it made them a lot less satisfied; of those who had gender-related surgery, less than 2% ended up a little or a lot less satisfied.
  • With a big asterisk. The survey found that discrimination and poor treatment are pervasive. Some relevant stats: 11% of those who have been employed have lost a job (due to being fired, resigning, etc.) because of their gender identity; 48% of those who had a healthcare experience in the 12 months prior had a negative one, with some denied care outright, others misgendered, or others saying they were physically or verbally abused; and 34% were experiencing poverty, versus 12% for the general population.
  • One other asterisk. The Guardian notes that while the survey is large, it isn't random. An outreach team did endeavor to recruit a representative sample, but as the survey report states, "the findings may not be representative of all transgender people."

  • Context. NBC News reports the survey comes "as hundreds of bills in the last three years have attempted to roll back trans rights, most often by restricting trans people's access to transition-related health care and trans students' abilities to play school sports."
  • Standout quote. How NCTE Executive Director Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen framed things: "There's still a drought of information available to lawmakers, the media, and advocates regarding our experiences and our needs. At best, we're working in a vacuum of information. At worst, we're combating dangerous misinformation being spread by anti-trans extremists."
(More transgender stories.)

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