Transgender and Non-Binary Identities Surge in University of California System

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02/11/2024

A seismic shift is reverberating through the University of California (UC) system. According to data released in January 2024, the number of students who identify as transgender or non-binary has surged significantly, mirroring a broader societal evolution. The facts are compelling: Between 2019 and 2023, the number of non-binary students across UC campuses swelled by over 2,000. This growth was reported even after the UC updated its data collection processes, consolidating ‘non-binary,’ ‘genderqueer,’ and ‘gender non-conforming’ into one category. The percentage of students identifying as gender non-conforming, non-binary, or transgender has tripled in the last four years, escalating from 0.06% in 2019 to 1.9% in 2023. This statistic is particularly noteworthy considering the UC system’s vast student population.

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