Why TransForward?

Texans who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or Intersex face a sizable number of barriers to health care not experienced by other people. The barriers include:

  • poverty
  • harassment and violence
  • suicide
  • discrimination
  • identity documents not reflecting authentic self 
  • abuse
  • acceptance to live as authentic self

On the plus side, resilience and community support positively impact the transgender community.

Roughly 2 in 150 adults in Texas identify as transgender. Slightly more than 2 in 150 Texas youth between 13 and 17 also identify as transgender. Lloyd Potter, our Texas state demographer, and most experts believe this is low due to undercount issues.

Be sure to visit our Glossary with our definitions and their sources. Terms include Gender, Gender Identity (authentic self), Gender Expression (appearance), and Transition.

Help us create a culturally competent health care environment for transgender, gender non-binary, and Intersex Texans.

This is how transgender people see themselves before transitioning to their authentic identity. Trans Man on the left looks in the mirror and sees a female body. Trans Woman on the right looks in the mirror and sees a male body.
This is how transgender people see themselves before transitioning to their authentic identity. Trans Man on the left looks in the mirror and sees a female body. Trans Woman on the right looks in the mirror and sees a male body.