The Williams Institute recently published statistics stating that 27% of California teens are gender nonconforming (December 13, 2017). I am a gender specialist and I assist transgender adults with their transitions. I also help gender nonconforming or non-binary individuals with identity and self-acceptance.
Key findings of the study include:
- 27 percent report they are viewed by others as gender nonconforming at school
- Highly gender nonconforming, androgynous and gender conforming youth do not statistically differ in rates of lifetime suicidal thoughts and suicide
- As a group, both highly gender nonconforming and androgynous youth reported higher levels of psychological distress compared to their gender-conforming
If you are transgender or gender nonconforming and need help, please call. You’re not alone.