Being Who You Are for 1.4M People

In a 2015 study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 39% of U.S. transgender people reported experiencing serious psychological distress, roughly eight times higher than that of the general population.

In an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians analyzed over 40,000 posts from 240 blogs documenting the gender transition process on the social network site, Tumblr, to gain insight into sentiment patterns over the course of gender transitioning.

What did they discover? When a supportive network is available, those transitioning feel more positive and have a stronger mental health state.

Why Informatics? So, we can support the 1.4 million transgender Americans to be who they are.