Bruce Jenner is, but, How Many Other Americans are Transgender?
Bruce Jenner is now the most famous transgender person in America, but we can't help but wonder exactly how many Americans are, in fact, transgender?
It's a topic of discussion that make a lot of people uncomfortable, but the fact is there has been much discussion around the 'water cooler' about it ever since Diane Sawyer's interview with former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner, which aired on ABC where Jenner revealed to the world that he was transgender.
The topic isn't going away -- and not just because of the impending reality show that will chronicle Jenner's transition from male to female.
According to a report on Yahoo News, there are an estimated 700,000 Americans who are transgender. However, it is difficult to know for sure because the US Census Bureau does not ask people if their gender is differs from what is stated on their birth certificate.
The 700,000 estimate comes from Gary Gates, a demographer at the University of California, Los Angeles, this estimate is based on four national surveys and two state-level surveys with combined results.
While we may never know exactly how many transgender people there are in the United States, and whether or not you agree with their choices and decisions, they are here to stay, and we need to be ready to deal with this issue in society.
Clearly, so far we haven't handled it well. A 2010 survey indicated that as many as 41% of transgender individuals had attempted suicide, due in part to public scorn, scrutiny, and prejudice.
What are your thoughts about transgender in America? We want to know.