KFF/The Washington Post Trans Survey

The latest partnership from KFF and The Washington Post project provides unique insights into the attitudes and experiences of trans adults living in the U.S. There are nearly 2 million people living in the U.S. who identify as transgender or trans, representing less than 1% of all adults.  This group reports experiencing stigma and systemic inequality in many aspects of their lives including education, housing, and health care access. In addition, trans people are more likely to be victims of discrimination and violence including verbal and physical assaults and intimidation.

This project is the most in-depth, representative survey of transgender adults living in the U.S., interviewing 515 trans and gender non-conforming individuals, from diverse backgrounds and with differing experiences. KFF and The Washington Post also included a comparison survey of 823 cisgender adults. For more information about sampling and method of recruitment, see methodology.

This survey is the 36th in a series of surveys dating back to 1995 that have been conducted as part of the KFF/The Washington Post Survey Project and the first focusing on transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people.

Download a one-page fact sheet about the survey.

Explore The Washington Post’s journalism:

Most trans adults say transitioning made them more satisfied with their lives, March 23, 2023.

Voices of trans people in America, March 23, 2023.

6 key takeaways from the Post-KFF survey of transgender Americans, March 23, 2023.

For trans people, medical visits can be more traumatizing than healing, March 24, 2023.

School is a ‘nightmare’ for trans and nonbinary kids. Here’s why., April 12, 2023.

Trans people have never been so visible — or so vulnerable, April 13, 2023.

Six works that capture the complexity of being trans in America, April 13, 2023.

Most Americans support anti-trans policies favored by GOP, poll shows, May 5, 2023.

Trans lawmaker Brianna Titone tried not to stand out. Then a gunman killed 5 at Club Q, May 5, 2023.

Trans kids crave acceptance at school in a nation that often resists it, May 24, 2023.

In middle age, they realized they were trans: ‘A lightbulb went off’, May 31, 2023.


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