Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 3: Statistics of What Life is Like for Transgender Students

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 | 2 comments

In Episode 3 of the Trans-Parenting Podcast we go over some frightening statistics about what transgender students deal with in schools, suicide and self-harm, and the difference having a supportive family can make.


Show Notes:

Most of the statistics in the episode come from the 2011 survey of LGBT students conducted by GLSEN. You can download and read the full report Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools here.


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  1. Thank you so so much for this. I told some friends about this and they’re looking for the status you mentioned at the end, specifically the “80% chance that they would consider suicide… to the only 4% by being supportive”. I tried to search the study above and had a hard time finding it. Do you remember where you found the 4% stat?

    • Hi, and thank you for the question. The 80% who reported suicide ideation was part of the long report I linked to. The 4% statistic comes from a 2012 study by the Trans PULSE Project in Toronto. Some people may object to using statistics from different countries for comparative purposes, but studies in the US, UK, and Canada have consistently put out very similar numbers when asking LGBT populations the same questions. Trans Student Education Resources has turned some of those into handy graphics. You can find the one citing this study specifically here:

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