LOS ANGELES (AP) — A team of experts has reported that about 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender, double the estimate from a decade ago.

Their survey was released Thursday and calculates that 0.6 percent of U.S. adults are transgender. It comes as several issues related to transgender rights are in the spotlight.

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Credit: The Williams Institute

Credit: The Williams Institute

The military is moving to allow transgender service members to serve openly, and there is intense debate nationwide over transgender people’s access to public bathrooms.

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The new survey was conducted by four scholars and analysts affiliated with the Williams Institute. It’s a think tank at the UCLA School of Law that specializes in research on issues affecting lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

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