Article: Transgender Issues

Transgender Issues

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About Transgender Issues in Our Community

Overview of Issue Impacts

As the transgender community becomes increasingly visible, it has simultaneously become evident that there is a need to build out a related body of research data. Historically, many initiatives to survey population demographics have not included questions about gender identity in general, let alone specifically seeking transgender voices (1)

In 2016, the National Center for Transgender Equality released the largest survey specifically requesting information from transgender people to better develop insights based on statistical data. This survey collected responses from nearly 28,000 transgender individuals across the United States (2).

Populations Affected by Issue

There are transgender people in every state and city in the United States. The estimated total LGBT population in North Carolina is 4%, according to MAP.

Fast Facts


  1. Research & Data Needs, National Center for Transgender Equality
  2. The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, National Center for Transgender Equality (2016)
  3. Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans, Movement Advancement Project, National Center for Transgender Equality, and Transgender Law Center (2015) 
  4. The State of the LGBTQ Community in 2020, Center for American Progress (2020) 
  5. An Epidemic of Violence: Fatal Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People In the US in 2020, Human Rights Campaign (2020)

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  • Spring 2021:
    • Anonymous

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Last updated March 2021

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