Sharp rise in young people identifying as transgender, nonbinary prompts questions

Startling new survey data is raising serious questions about societal trends in the country at present, namely, as the New York Times reports, the rapid increase in young Americans who consider themselves to be transgender or nonbinary.

According to statistics released by the Pew Research Center, 1.6% of all U.S. adults are classified in one of the aforementioned categories, which basically means that their gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.

More jarring, however, is the fact that individuals under 30 are significantly more likely to place themselves in one of the above groups, with roughly 5.1% of Americans in that age group identifying as transgender or nonbinary.

Those figures stand in notable contrast with the numbers in other age demographics, with 1.6% of Americans between the ages of 30 and 49 identifying as transgender or nonbinary and 0.3% of individuals over the age of 50 doing the same.

Though the precise reason for this seemingly rather seismic shift across the country remains the subject of debate, many believe it to be the result of societal influences, liberal indoctrination of youth, and a general trendiness among the young to be seen as something different or edgy.

Indeed, transgender psychologist Dr. Erica Anderson is among those who believe that the rise in transgender and nonbinary identification is not an organic phenomenon, but rather the result of something external, a take with which liberal comedian and commentator Bill Maher seems to agree, as the National Review noted.

Maher recently pointed out that as the Los Angeles Times recently reported, Anderson has “come to believe that some children identifying as trans are falling under the influence of their peers and social media” and that encouraging them to undergo permanent alterations at a young age is potentially doing them a profound disservice.

“If you attend a small dinner party of typically very liberal upper-income Angelenos, it is not uncommon to hear parents who each have a trans kid having a conversation about that,” Maher explained. “If we can’t admit that in certain enclaves there is some level of trendiness to the idea of being anything other than straight, then this is not a serious science-based discussion.”

Echoing the sentiments of millions, Maher mused that kids – since time immemorial – have passed through various phases that tend to be temporary, aptly noting, “If kids knew what they wanted to be at age eight, the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses. I wanted to be a pirate. Thank God nobody took me seriously and schedule me for eye removal and peg-leg surgery.”