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Statistics in more details

Summary: Transgender Demographics

  • The Registrar General for Scotland maintains a Gender Recognition Register in which the birth of a transgender person whose acquired gender has been legally recognised is registered showing any new name(s) and the acquired gender. This enables the transgender person to apply to the Registrar General for Scotland for a new birth certificate showing the new name(s) and the acquired gender. In 2015, there were 25 entries in the Gender Recognition Register, an increase of 9 since 2014.  The Gender Recognition Register is not open to public scrutiny.

Source: NRS Registration Division (2016)


  • In 2009, GIRES published a report that was funded by the Home Office. The report estimated that, in 2007 on a UK level, the prevalence of people who had sought medical care for gender variance was 20 per 100,000, i.e. 10,000 people, of whom 6,000 had undergone transition. 80% were assigned as boys at birth (now trans women) and 20% as girls (now trans men).
  • Gender variant people present for treatment at any age. The median age is 42.

External source: Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) - The number of Gender Variant People in the UK (update 2011)

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Useful Links 

Transgender Page

Demographics Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

NRS Scotland Statistics - A range of National statistics/Official publications are available on the National Records of Scotland website.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to sexual orientation and transgender people



More up to date information is available, as well as data tables including time series information, from the National Records of Scotland website.

Scotland's Census Results 2011 download data tables from the most recent census releases.

Future Developments

Future Developments

The first results from the 2011 Census have been published. More detailed data will become available in stages throughout 2014.

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Future publications

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