A first-of-its-kind U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) study has revealed that nearly one in 50 ( 1.8 percent ) U.S. high school students considers themself transgenderand more than a third of those say they attempted suicide in the previous year, according to an article from Openly, an LGBT-centered initiative of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Experts stated that the report is the first released by the government health agency delving into transgender-related questions among a large number of students.
The new CDC study uses data from its biannual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance ( YRBS ) report, which asked 131,901 students in 19 states and "large urban school districts" an optional question about their transgender identity, according to NBC News. ( Illinois was not included. )
Among other results, the CDC found that 35 percent of the transgender students said they had attempted suicide in the previous year, compared with about 7 percent of those who did not see themselves as transgender.
The Openly article is at www.openlynews.com/i/. The NBC News item is at www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/two-percent-high-school-students-identify-transgender-cdc-report-finds-n962526 .
The report is at www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6803a3.htm .