How many of the Americans know that their gender differs from the sex they were assigned at birth? A recent survey by PEW Research Centre says that 1.6 per cent of US adults are transgender or nonbinary, which is quite different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
In the study, the PEW Centre says that adults under 30 are more likely than older adults to be trans or nonbinary. About 5.1 per cent of adults younger than 30 are or nonbinary, including two per cent who are a trans man or trans woman and three per cent who are nonbinary.
The share of US adults who are transgender is particularly high among adults younger than 25. In this age group, 3.1% are a trans man or a Tans woman, compared was 0.5% of those ages 25 to 29.
RISING SHARE KNOW A TRANSGENDER PERSON
More than four-in-ten (44%) say they personally know someone who is trans and 20% know someone who is nonbinary. Today, roughly half of adults younger than 30 and those 30 to 49 say they know a trans person – higher than the share among older Americans. Still, a third of those 65 and older report knowing someone who is trans.
Democrats and independents who lean to the Democratic Party are more likely than Republicans and Republican leaners to say they know a transgender person.
About a quarter of U.S. adults say they have a trans friend (27%), while 13% say they have a co-worker who is trans and 10% say they have a transgender family member. About one-in-ten adults (9%) say they know a trans person who is younger than 18.
Most Americans (79%) say they have heard at least a little about people not being a man or a woman and instead describing themselves as not having a gender or using terms such as “nonbinary” or “gender fluid” to describe their gender. But only 26% say they have heard a lot about this concept.
About four-in-ten adults younger than 30 (42%) say they have heard a lot about being nonbinary, compared with 31% of those 30 to 49, 20% of those 50 to 64 and 12% of those 65 and older.