2018 Gender-Expansive Youth Report

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to conduct a groundbreaking survey of over 12,000 LGBTQ youth and capture their experiences in their families, schools, social circles and communities. 5,600 transgender and gender-expansive youth responded to the survey. This report utilizes the full sample (any respondent who answered more than 10 percent of the survey) and provides more detail about the experiences of gender-expansive youth than is captured in the 2018 Youth Report.​

This report details the alarming challenges and barriers facing transgender and gender-expansive youth around the country -- and their perseverance in the face of discrimination and harassment.

HRC and researchers at the University of Connecticut found that:

  • Less than a quarter of transgender and gender expansive youth feel like they can definitely be themselves at home.
  • Seventy-two percent of transgender and gender expansive youth report hearing their families make negative comments about LGBTQ people.
  • Sixty-nine percent of transgender and gender expansive youth have received unwanted sexual comments, jokes and gestures.
  • Transgender and gender expansive youth are roughly twice as likely to be sexually assaulted or raped because of their actual or perceived identities than their cisgender LGBTQ peers.
  • Less than a quarter of transgender and gender expansive youth can definitely be themselves at school.
  • Only 16 percent of transgender and gender expansive youth always feel safe at school.
  • Forty-two percent of transgender and gender expansive youth have received physical threats due to their LGBTQ identity.
  • Fifty-one percent of transgender and gender expansive youth never use restrooms at school that align with their gender identity.

Download the full report here or flip through the digital version below.