HONOLULU — Half of transgender youth who attend public schools in the islands say they’ve attempted suicide in the past year, according to a newly released state report, the first to focus on the health of Hawaii’s transgender youth, Hawaii News Now reports.
According to the study, three percent of Hawaii’s public high school students self-identify as transgender, which translates to about 1,260 teens. The Hawaii Sexual and Gender Minority Health Report 2018, published Monday, found that transgender youth face greater health disparities than their peers who identify as cisgender, Hawaii News Now reports.
This health disparity is greater than those for LGB youth.
The report also found that transgender youth are much more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, Hawaii News Now reports.
Transgender students who are victims of bullying or violence also face mental health issues, which increases the likelihood that they will turn to drugs and other risky health behaviors, the study found.
Additional significant findings reported by Hawaii News Now of the 2018 report include:
• Only half of transgender youth report that they usually slept at their parent or guardian’s home during the last 30 days, compared to 94 percent of cisgender youth.
• Less than half of transgender youth saw a doctor or nurse for a checkup or physical exam in the past year, compared to two-thirds of cisgender youth.