How many public school students are transgender? More than you thought.

2.5% of MN students are transgender or gender diverse

Minnesotans recently gained access to new information about gender diverse students in public schools from the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS).  One of the most significant findings was that 2.5% of all students in 9th and 11th grades identify as transgender or gender diverse.  For too long, educational policymakers around the country have used unrealistically low estimates about the number of transgender students in the general population as an excuse for inaction.  Knowing the size of the population is the first step towards equitable funding and services for transgender and gender diverse students.

How many students does 2.5% represent?

Transgender and Gender Diverse Students compared total Public School Student Population

How many transgender and gender diverse students are in the Twin Cities?

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For Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, home to Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the prevalence of gender diversity is 3.3%. There are an estimated 8,701 students that are transgender and gender diverse in the Twin Cities.

What would these rates look like for a large urban high school?

Estimate of Gender Identity Distribution in a High School of 2,000 Students

For a high school enrolling students in grades 9-12, with 500 students in each grade, there would be 50 students who are transgender or gender diverse.

How many gender diverse are present in an elementary school grade level?

Estimate of Gender Identity in an Elementary Grade Level of 100 students
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It is common for Elementary School grade levels to have 4 classrooms of 25 to 30 students.  Schools can expect 2-4 students per grade level who are transgender or gender diverse.

So...does that mean that transgender or gender diverse student in almost every class?

Yes!  Students, parents, teacher and administrators need to start planning to make every classroom gender inclusive.

How does the prevalence of gender diversity compare to the prevalence of neurological diversity and other exceptionalities in students?

Prevalence Rate of Exceptionalities for MN Students
*Gifted and Talented population is unknown but widely considered to be clustered around 2 standard deviations from the mean of the general population.

*Gifted and Talented population is unknown but widely considered to be clustered around 2 standard deviations from the mean of the general population.

Things to consider from the above table: 1. Gender Inclusive Schools does not view any of the above exceptionalities as inherently pathological or impairing.  2. Further discussions on this page will examine the discrepancy between funding for services to meet the needs of gender diverse students and exceptionalities that receive mandated funding.