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A pride flag waved in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

About 1.2 million adults in the U.S. identify as nonbinary, according to a new study published Tuesday by the UCLA's Williams Institute, a research center focused on sexual orientation and gender identity law.

Why it matters: The U.S. census does not ask about gender identity, making this study the first broad population estimate of its kind, according to the Washington Post.

The big picture: People who identify as nonbinary comprise about 11% of the total population of the LGBTQ adults aged 18 to 60 in the U.S.

  • 76% of nonbinary adults in the U.S. are between the ages of 18 to 29.
  • 89% live in urban areas.
  • "Respondents identified as White (58%) multiracial (16%), Latinx (15%), and Black (9%)," notes the study, adding that "American Indian/Native Alaskan and Asian/Pacific Islanders are under-represented in this report" due to one of the datasets used by the study.

About 55% of respondents said they had been physically attacked or sexually assaulted as adults.

  • "Nonbinary LGBTQ adults also experienced stress in childhood, including emotional (82%), physical (40%), and sexual (41%) abuse," per the study.
  • 51% had "symptoms consistent with serious mental illness," notes the study.

Researchers looked at findings from two prior surveys with data collected from 2016 to 2018. One survey was on trans adults and one was on lesbian, gay and bisexual adults who aren’t trans.

What they're saying: Joel Baum, senior director of professional development at the nonprofit Gender Spectrum, told the Washington Post the study was significant for increasing visibility of nonbinary people.

  • “It’s almost like a stake in the ground, right?” he said. “Saying, ‘Here we are.’”

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Law enforcement across the country work to mandate LGBTQ awareness training

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Police departments across the county are introducing LGBTQ awareness and cultural competency training to repair relationships between the community and law enforcement, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The relationship has long been strained, and a study published by the Williams Institute in May found LGBTQ people are six times more likely than the general public to be stopped by police.

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Facebook changes company name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media company is rebranding its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media giant to a “metaverse” company that focuses building virtual work and social communities.

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

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Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.