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LGBT Health. 2018 Oct;5(7):443-448. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2017.0275. Epub 2018 Sep 5.

Self-Reported Physical and Mental Health of Gender Nonconforming Transgender Adults in the United States.

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1 Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital , Boston, Massachusetts.
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2 Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study compares the health status of gender nonconforming transgender adults with gender-binary transgender peers (i.e., transgender men and transgender women).

METHODS:

We performed a retrospective analysis of the 2014-2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

RESULTS:

After adjustment for sociodemographic characteristics, proxies for healthcare access, health conditions, and health behaviors, gender nonconforming transgender adults were at increased odds, compared with gender-binary transgender peers, of self-reported poor or fair health and self-reported limitation in any way in any activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gender nonconforming transgender adults experienced worse self-reported health disparities than gender-binary transgender peers.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; gender identity; gender nonconforming; transgender

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