Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey

DSC_1837Between October 2013 and May 2014 we conducted a national health survey for Canadian youth who identify as trans* or genderqueer, and are between the ages of 14 – 25.

The survey asked about a wide range of health issues—home and family, nutrition, exercise, alcohol and tobacco use, access to health care—the same questions asked in general population surveys about things that influence young people’s health.

We received over 900 responses to our online survey from all provinces and territories except Nunavut and the Yukon.

The health issues facing trans* youth may be different from other youth, and we want to make sure that the voices of trans* youth are heard.

A few key findings:

  • Eighty-three per cent of participants lived in their “felt gender” at least part-time; half lived in their felt gender full-time. Those who lived in their felt gender all the time were almost 50 per cent more likely to report good or excellent mental health.
  • Nearly two-thirds of youth reported self-harm within the past year. More than one in three had attempted suicide.
  • Seventy per cent of participants reported sexual harassment. Two-thirds reported discrimination because of their gender identity.
  • More than one in three, or 36 per cent, of the younger participants (ages 14-18) had been physically threatened or injured in the past year.
  • One in three youth did not have an adult in their family they could talk to about problems, and seven in 10 felt their family did not understand them. When they felt cared about and supported by family, they reported better health.
  • Only 15 per cent of youth with a family doctor report feeling comfortable discussing their transgender-specific health care needs.
  • One-third of younger (ages 14-18) and half of older youth (ages 19-25) reported missing needed physical health care during the past year, and even more missed needed mental health care.


Read the community report: BEING SAFE, BEING ME: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Read in French: ̂TRE EN SÉCURITÉ, ÊTRE SOI-MÊME :Résultats de l’enquête canadienne sur la santé des jeunes trans


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