November 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Suicide rates higher for trans Californians
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LOS ANGELES — A new report on the health of transgender Californians provides further evidence of the challenges trans people face, including their extremely high risk of suicide, the Advocate reports.

Twenty-two percent of transgender adults in California have ever attempted suicide, compare with 4 percent of cisgender (nontrans) adult Californians, according to the policy brief from the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The report, released this week, uses data from the 2015-2016 California Health Interview Survey, the Advocate reports.

The data indicates there are 92,000 transgender people between the ages of 18-70 in California, representing 0.35 percent of the state’s adult noninstitutionalized population. Their general health status, insurance, and health access, are similar to that of cisgender adults, but there are significant disparities.

In addition to having a rate of suicide attempts that is six times that of cisgender people, “transgender adults are about three times more likely to have had lifetime suicidal thoughts, 34 percent to 10 percent, and nearly four times more likely to have experienced serious psychological distress in the past year, 33 percent compared to 9 percent,” according to the brief.

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