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Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Report Poorer Health

Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Report Poorer HealthAlmost 3% of Minnesota teens identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming, researchers say. And many of them report poorer general health compared to their cisgender peers.

The study, published in February 2018 in Pediatrics, involved almost 81,000 ninth- and eleventh-graders in Minnesota.

Transgender youth often feel that they were born in the “wrong” gender and identify with the gender opposite of their birth sex. For example, transgender girls are born male, but feel they are meant to be female.

Gender-nonconforming individuals may not feel exclusively male or female. They may feel both or neither. (For more information on gender terminology, please click here.)

With more acceptance of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals, adolescents may be more comfortable and open about their identities. However, they face more hurdles than cisgender teens, the study noted. (The adjective cisgender is used to describe individuals who identify as their birth sex.)

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