Britain's trans-formation: Analysis reveals one in 600 teenagers now identify ... trends now

Britain's trans-formation: Analysis reveals one in 600 teenagers now identify ... trends now
Britain's trans-formation: Analysis reveals one in 600 teenagers now identify ... trends now

Britain's trans-formation: Analysis reveals one in 600 teenagers now identify ... trends now

Transgender teenager numbers have soared since the millennium, according to a major study.

The first analysis of UK medical records this century found transgender identity rates have increased five-fold, with far higher leaps among the young.

GP records show one in 600 16 to 17-year-olds were classed as transgender in 2018, up from just one in 4,300 in 2000.

Experts suggest the true figure is likely to be far higher with patients now able to self-refer to some clinics, without having to go through their GP.

Researchers from University College London studied the medical records of more than 7 million patients at 649 general practices across the UK, from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

The graph shows rates of newly recorded transgender identity from 2000 to 2018, by age group. In 2000, there was 1.45 new cases of transgender identify per 100,000 person-years. But this figure jumped five-fold to 7.81 cases per 100,000 in 2018

The graph shows rates of newly recorded transgender identity from 2000 to 2018, by age group. In 2000, there was 1.45 new cases of transgender identify per 100,000 person-years. But this figure jumped five-fold to 7.81 cases per 100,000 in 2018

They analysed the diagnostic codes recorded in anonymised records to track changes over time in the proportion of transgender 10 to 99 year olds.

Overall, UK rates of transgender identity have risen five-fold, with the highest rise observed among 16 to 29 year olds.

Whereas roughly one person in every 70,000 was newly identified as transgender in 2000, this had risen to around 1 in every 13,000 people by 2018.

But the leap was much higher among 16-17-year-olds, going from around one in 4,300 to one in 600, according to the findings published in the BMJ.

Put differently, there were virtually no 16-year-olds and 4 per 100,000 17-year-olds coded as transgender at GP surgeries at

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