A California public school district has seen a surge of children and adolescents identifying as transgender and “nonbinary.”
A new survey found soaring numbers of trans-identified students at California’s Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD). According to a data analysis on Reality’s Last Stand, an average of 6% of surveyed DJUSD students identified as neither male nor female during the 2020-2021 school year. Given the nature of the survey question, this number did not include students who identified as the opposite sex.
“This floor estimate is nearly 4.3 times the national average, and 3 times California’s average,” the data analysis said.
According to a 2020-2021 Main Report of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), 1,443 students in grades 7, 9, and 11 were surveyed for DJUSD secondary schools.
When asked, “What is your gender?” 6% of 7th graders, 5% of 9th graders, 7% of 11th graders, and 16% of students attending an alternative school (continuation, community day, etc.) answered that they were “nonbinary” or “something else” besides male or female.
When presented with the question, “Some people describe themselves as transgender when how they think or feel about their gender is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. Are you transgender?” 2% of students in grades 7, 9, and 11 responded “Yes,” while 4% of 7th graders and 3% of 9th graders and 11th graders said they were “not sure” if they are transgender. Additionally, 4% of continuing education students said they were transgender, while another 8% answered “not sure.”
“Pooled together, this gives us an absolute floor estimate of 6 percent for surveyed DJUSD students who can be considered transgender for the 2020-2021 sample, as this does not even include students with cross-sex identities,” the data analysis concluded.
According to Reality’s Last Stand, the definition of “transgender” most commonly used by proponents of gender ideology is someone who identifies as something other than their birth sex, identifying as the opposite sex, as well as identifying as neither male nor female. Because of this, the 6% of children identifying as neither male nor female represent a “floor estimate” of the number of DJUSD students who most would consider as having a transgender identity. This number is likely higher, but the nature of the survey questions did not account for students who identify as the opposite sex.
The survey included several questions on social and emotional health, and found that students who identify as “nonbinary” and “something else” other than male or female reported experiencing much higher rates of social emotional distress, chronic sadness/hopelessness, and considered suicide.
Students that identify as “nonbinary” in the 7th grade (60%), 9th grade (56%), and 11th grade (75%) reported experiencing chronic sadness and hopelessness, and 47% of 7th graders, 25% of 9th graders, and 55% of 11th graders who identify as “nonbinary” said they considered suicide.
According to the data collected from the survey, the majority of DJUSD students are white, come from an upper-middle-class background, and over 80% of parents had obtained college degrees. In the city of Davis, California, Democrat voters outnumbered Republican voters over 6 to 1 in the 2020 presidential election.
A YouthTruth survey document indicated that lower social-emotional health scores reported by trans-identifying students in these types of surveys are used to increase the amount of “inclusive” curriculum dedicated to transgender topics.
“Every time we do a gender inclusiveness training, we incorporate this data; the clarity of the data has supported the foundational argument for staff that our newer policies about gender inclusivity are relevant and important,” the document states.