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A Significant Number of Transgender Adults in the US have no IDs with the Correct Gender Marker

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: 15th Jun 2021
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Summary: An estimated 476,000 transgender adults in the U.S. are without any form of identification with the correct gender marker, according to a new report.


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An estimated 476,000 transgender adults in the U.S. are without any form of identification with the correct gender marker, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Michigan has the highest percentage of transgender adults without an ID that lists the correct gender (78%), and Delaware has the lowest (31%).

Using data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS), researchers estimated the number of transgender people nationally and by state without accurate IDs and examined the relationship between state-level policies and having accurate IDs.

Findings show that transgender people in states with the fewest policy barriers to updating their gender marker are significantly more likely to have accurate birth certificates and driver's licenses than those in states with the most barriers. States with the most burdensome requirements may require proof of gender-affirming surgical care to update a gender maker. States with less burdensome requirements may require individuals to fill out specified forms or submit an affidavit.

"Having inaccurate IDs can lead to harassment and discrimination for transgender people, which can negatively impact mental health," said lead author Jody L. Herman, Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. "State and federal policymakers should enact policies that make gender marker changes on IDs less burdensome and more accessible for transgender people."

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• (APA): The Williams Institute. (2021, June 15). A Significant Number of Transgender Adults in the US have no IDs with the Correct Gender Marker. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved April 19, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/news/transgender/946.php


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