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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 12, 2019

Transgender Youth Victimization

JAMA. 2019;321(10):931. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.1463

About 2% of US high school students identify as transgender, according a CDC report, and 35% report being bullied at school. Additionally, 27% feel unsafe on their way home from school, and 35% attempt suicide.

The report was based on 2017 data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. That year was the first year the survey included a question about transgender identity. In addition to the 1.8% of students who identified as transgender, 1.6% reported being unsure if they were transgender, and 2.1% said they didn’t know what the question was asking.