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Estimate of U.S. transgender population too high [Letter]

Commentator Lindsay Etheridge writes that "estimates put the number of transgender individuals in the U.S. between 6 million and 15 million people ("Bathrooms, perverts and politics," May 21).

That estimate seems high: 15 million is about 1 in every 16 adults. The Williams Institute has a 2011 report available online that reports the total number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals at about this level, with transgender people making up less than one in 100.

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I am puzzled why the author would make an extreme claim about numbers without offering any evidence in what is otherwise a compelling description of the difficulties transgender Americans face.

Counting people who suffer discrimination because of their gender identity is certainly difficult, and the Williams Institute cites a range of estimates from national surveys. But none even approaches the lower boundary that the author cites.

Steve Snyder, Lauraville

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