Posted BY: Alex Nitzberg

A Pew Research survey found that while just 1.6% of U.S. adults fit into the categories of transgender or nonbinary, a whopping 5.1% of adults under the age of 30 fall into those categories.

There is a significant disparity between the proportions of younger adults and older adults who identify as a gender other than their sex as recorded at birth: Just 1.6% of U.S. adults ages 30 to 49, and 0.3% of individuals over 50 fall into the categories of transgender or nonbinary, according to the survey.

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Pew carried out focus groups with transgender and nonbinary adults, and quoted many statements made by the participants.

“There’s so much fear around it, and misunderstanding, and people thinking that if you’re talking to kids about gender and sexuality, that it’s sexual,” a non-binary person in their early 30s said, according to Pew. “And it’s like, we really need to break down that our bodies are not inherently sexual. We need to be able to talk with students and children about their bodies so that they can then feel empowered to understand themselves, advocate for themselves.”

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A non-binary individual in their mid 30s said that, “people think nonbinary is some made-up thing to feel cool. It’s not to feel cool. And if someone does do it to feel cool, maybe they’re just doing that because they don’t feel comfortable within themselves.”

A non-binary person in their late 20s remarked, “What words would I use to describe me? Genderless, if gender wasn’t a thing. … I guess if pronouns didn’t exist and you just called me [by my name]. That’s what my gender is … And I do use nonbinary also, just because it feels easier, I guess.”

An early 30s transgender man said, “I thought that by figuring out that I was interested in women, identifying as lesbian, I thought [my anxiety and sadness] would dissipate in time, and that was me cracking the code. But then, when I got older, I left home for the first time. I started to meet other trans people in the world. That’s when I started to become equipped with the vocabulary. The understanding that this is a concept, and this makes sense. And that’s when I started to understand that I wasn’t cisgender.” A transgender man is a biological woman who identifies as a man.