The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Society

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This Being Safe, Being Me report, created by the Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) at the University of British Columbia, focuses on results of a 2015 Canada-wide survey exploring the experiences of 925 transgender youth between the ages of 14-25. The survey addresses the experiences of transgender youth in a range of areas, including family, the healthcare system, and in schools. A notable finding is that school-aged transgender youth are less likely than their non-transgender youth counterparts to report feeling connected to their school and more likely to report bullying and physical victimization,  highlighting how schools can play a role in the positive development of transgender youth. The report also recommends broad steps that schools can take to create healthy and supportive environments for transgender youth.