According to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, “trans issues” are “one of the greatest distractions” in American politics. “It’s classic,” he said in remarks late last month, following the second GOP debate at the Reagan Library. “One percent of the population — these kids just want to live.” 

Indeed, according to one estimate, among youth ages 13 to 17 in the U.S., about 1.4 percent (or about 300,000 youth) identify as transgender. In California, it’s closer to 2 percent

While these figures don’t account for youth under 13 who identify as transgender, Newsom is right in pointing out that, relative to …