Transgender health in Massachusetts: results from a household probability sample of adults

Am J Public Health. 2012 Jan;102(1):118-22. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300315. Epub 2011 Nov 28.


Despite higher rates of unemployment and poverty among transgender adults (n = 131; 0.5% weighted) than among nontransgender adults (n = 28,045) in our population-based Massachusetts household sample, few health differences were observed between transgender and nontransgender adults. Transgender adults who are stably housed and participated in a telephone health survey may represent the healthiest segment of the transgender population. Our findings demonstrate a need for diverse sampling approaches to monitor transgender health, including adding transgender measures to population-based surveys, and further highlight economic inequities that warrant intervention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Transsexualism / epidemiology*
  • Young Adult