Source: JAMA Internal Medicine
Contributors: Streed Jr, C.G., McCarthy, E.P., & Haas, J.S.
Topic: Demographic or Census Data, Research Studies
Population Focus: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming
This study confirms that transgender and gender non-conforming in the United States experience health disparities compared with their cisgender peers. Overall, the transgender people sampled in the study were more likely to be overweight, to be uninsured, and to experience mental health issues than their cisgender counterparts. The findings signal to public health professionals and practitioners to pay attention to the health of this vulnerable population. To begin to eliminate health disparities, all states and territories should administer the Center for Disease Control and Prevention-approved question module, a set of standardized and reliable questions to collect gender identity data.