And while it is becoming a more acceptable topic to discuss and a more mainstream experience for individuals to identify as trans and even transition to their true self, there still isn’t much research to identify just how many trans individuals there are in the United States. This is largely because most population surveys ask if you are male or female, which doesn’t leave any room for those who identify as trans. But the most widely cited statistics come from Gary Gates, an LGBT demographer at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law’s Williams Institute. His findings show “the country’s transgender population: 700,000, or about 0.3 percent of adults.”