Visibility on rise, more adults identify as transgender or non-binary

DELMARVA – More young adults in the U.S identify as transgender or non-binary, that’s according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

The study found that number is on the rise by 5% among those 30 years old and younger.

We reached out to Salisbury P-FLAG, who says the spike can be attributed to an increase in visibility and awareness of transgender and non-binary individuals.

We’re told the presence of more resources like local support groups including P-FLAG and TRANSliance create a sense of belonging and unity.

Advocates also say for those looking to support their loved ones, the first step is to have a listening ear. “I think that most of us know that it’s a learning curve for everyone. People are going to be a little confused at first if it’s a new concept or idea for them. But just having the understanding that you want to learn is important,” Salisbury PFLAG’s Cass Dasher said.

“Be willing to ask questions. Be willing to learn and be willing to listen is the most important thing.”

Dasher says there are many online resources available for those looking for ways to support their loved ones.

If you’d like to find out more about Salisbury P-FLAG, click here

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