Estimate of U.S. transgender population too high [Letter]
May 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM
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.
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.