After this year’s record high of legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ rights, transgender youth across the U.S. are being impacted by adopted policies. The Gulf Coast has the largest affected population of any region, according to a report released this month by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. An estimated 56,000 trans youth live in the Gulf Coast — roughly 19% of the national population, according to the Williams Institute, a research center focused on public policy affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Over 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced in state legislatures this session — 99 in the Gulf — with more than half targeting trans youth in a variety of ways. The Williams Institute report analyzed the impact of three common types of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.