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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.
2 Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.



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


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


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.


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


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

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