Is 1 In 300 Americans Transgender?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensAugust 16, 2017 10:34 am,

In a recent San Antonio Express-News article, transgender San Antonian Ashley Smith said transgender people make up “about one in 300 people.” “We’re all over the place,” she said. “We’re your friends and your neighbors.”

A Facebook photo of Smith posing next to Gov. Greg Abbott went viral last month. She wrote below the photo: “How will the potty police know I’m transgender if the governor doesn’t?”

Smith told PolitiFact Texas that she came across the 1-in-300 ratio through data from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Hear how Smith’s claim scored in the player above.


Written by Caroline Covington.