In 2015, exactly 27,715 respondents from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. military bases overseas completed the U.S. Transgender Survey <http://www.ustranssurvey.org/>. 723 identified as Virginians.
Data from the Executive Report on Experiences in Schools:
More than three-quarters (77%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender at some point between Kindergarten and Grade 12 (K–12) experienced some form of mistreatment, such as being verbally harassed, prohibited from dressing according to their gender identity, disciplined more harshly, or physically or sexually assaulted because people thought they were transgender.
Let lived experiences rise above the opinions of others so that we make work together to end this history of trauma. This decision will protect the rights of all children to exist, thrive, and grow into healthy and happy contributing members of society.