- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

As LGBT Pride month draws to a close, a study by UCLA’s Williams Institute reports that less than 1 percent of Americans are transgender.

The new survey, however, doubles a previous estimate from 700,000 to 1.4 million Americans and “is based on 19 state-level surveys conducted in 2014 and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is far more robust than the two state-level surveys used to make the previous estimate,” according to Time magazine, which reported the UCLA study’s findings Thursday.

The news comes as the Pentagon lifts the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military and following months of a high profile given to transgender issues, including so-called bathroom bills.

“A perceived increase in visibility and social acceptance of transgender people may increase the number of individuals willing to identify as transgender on a government-administered survey,” the researchers said, Time reported.

In 2015, Gallup reported that while only 3.8 percent of the American population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, poll respondents on average tended to estimate that 23 percent of the population was LGBT.

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