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Canadians ages 15-34 more likely to identify as 'trans or non-binary'

"Approximately 1 in 150 people aged 15 to 34 in Canada is transgender or non-binary (0.69 percent) compared with 1 in 550 people aged 35 and older (0.18 percent).

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

The Trudeau government has released its "Pride season" overview, documenting Canada's "transgender and non-binary" populations. The overview celebrates the "resilience, strength, and spirit of LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada throughout June, July, and August."

The study defines transgender people as "persons whose reported gender does not correspond to their reported sex at birth. It includes transgender (trans) men and women."

It defines non-binary as "persons whose reported gender is not exclusively male or female. It includes persons whose reported gender is, for example, agender, pangender, genderqueer, genderfluid, or gender-nonconforming.

"It also includes persons whose reported gender is two-spirit, a term specific to some Indigenous peoples of North America. It includes persons whose reported gender is both male and female, neither male nor female, or either male or female in addition to another gender. It may also include those who reported or were reported by proxy as questioning or in the process of deciding."

The breakdown says that 1 in 300 people in Canada aged 15 and older "are transgender or non-binary," with 59,460 people identifying as transgender and 41,355 identifying as non-binary.

"In May 2021, 58,460 people in Canada aged 15 and older who were living in private households were transgender (0.19 percent) and 41,355 were non-binary (0.14 percent)," it states.

Ontario is home to the highest number of transgender and non-binary people among all the provinces and territories, the breakdown says. It also notes that "gender diversity" is more common among people aged 15 to 34 than those aged 35 and older.

"Approximately 1 in 150 people aged 15 to 34 in Canada is transgender or non-binary (0.69 percent) compared with 1 in 550 people aged 35 and older (0.18 percent).

The most common terms used by those who identify as non-binary ages 15 and older, in no particular order according to StatCan, were:

  • Gender neutral
  • Questioning
  • Androgynous
  • Man and woman
  • Bigender
  • Queer
  • Genderfluid
  • Gender-nonconforming
  • Demi
  • Trigender
  • Intergender
  • Neither man nor woman
  • Other gender
  • Agender
  • Polygender
  • Two-spirit
  • Pangender
  • Third Gender
Source: StatCan
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