Study: 7 Findings on the Coming Out Experience of Trans Women and Trans-oriented Men

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My Transgender Date carries out a study on the coming-out experiences of trans women and trans-oriented men.

My Transgender Date, an international transgender dating website, recently published their findings on a study carried out on the coming-out experiences of trans women and trans-oriented men.

The company asked respondents from all over the world to answer a series of questions related to their experiences when coming out. In total, there were 5,518 unique answers, with 64.5% of the respondents identifying as trans-oriented men and 35.5% as trans women with a median age of 38. Over 136 different countries were surveyed and the questions were translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

The study concluded with seven interesting findings that the team has decided to share.

Finding 1: Trans women are 3 times more likely to come out than trans-oriented men

The survey found that 84% of trans women had come out, whereas only 25% of trans-oriented men had come out. 42% of trans-oriented men said they won’t or can’t come out.

Finding 2: Friends and mothers are favorite persons to come out to first

The study showed that friends and mothers were common people to come out to first, but the trends changed between trans women and trans-oriented men.

41% of trans women came out to their mothers first, while 27% came out to their friends first.
47% of trans-oriented men came out to their friends first, whereas 15% of them came out to their mothers first.

Finding 3: One in ten closeted respondents declare wanting to come out to their spouse first

This highlights the situation of closeted trans women and trans-oriented men that are unable to express their true selves.

Finding 4: Trans women come out at a younger age compared to trans-oriented men

The majority of trans women come out during their childhood and young adult life at 82% before age 30. For trans-oriented men, the majority come out much later in life at 75% between the ages 19 and 39.

Finding 5: There are negative consequences to coming out (for some)

Some respondents had negative experiences as a result of coming out. Roughly a quarter of all respondents faced some consequences.

1 in 4 trans women who have come out lost their job or a job opportunity (26%).
1 in 4 trans women who have come out lost family (27%).
1 in 5 trans-oriented men who have come out lost family (18%).
1 in 3 respondents who have come out lost friends (31% for trans women, 28% for trans-oriented men).

Finding 6: Closeted respondents have high fears of coming out

Respondents who have yet to come out likely have fears about coming out. The study suggests that almost half of respondents are scared to lose job opportunities, friends, or family members.

1 in 2 closeted trans women are afraid to lose their job or a job opportunity (49%).
1 in 2 closeted respondents are afraid to lose friends (49% for trans women, 57% for trans-oriented men).
2 in 5 closeted respondents are afraid to lose family (42% for trans women, 47% for trans-oriented men).

Finding 7: Coming out is not as bad as people expect

There was a disparity between the negative expectations of closeted respondents in finding 6 and the experienced reality.

31% of closeted respondents are afraid of losing their job or a job opportunity when only 20% of respondents who have come out actually did.
56% of closeted respondents are afraid of losing friends when only 30% of respondents who have come out actually did.
45% of closeted respondents are afraid to lose family when only 24% of respondents who have come out actually did.
30% of closeted respondents think that they would regret their decision to come out when only 6% of respondents who have come out actually did.

For more information, please refer to the contact details below or access the full findings on My Transgender Blog post.

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Name: Vince Kayser
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Organization: My Transgender Date
Address: 22/F, 3 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 5808 1781
Website: https://mytransgenderdate.com

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