Americans Divided Over Transgender People In Public Bathrooms, Study Confirms

Americans are still divided on transgender rights and identity.

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A new study, carried out by Pew Research Centre, revealed that almost half of respondents said transgender people should be required to use the restroom of the gender assigned to them at birth, with only 51 per cent of respondents supporting transgender people’s choice.

 

Half of Americans Still Don't Recognise Transgender People's Basic Rights
Half of Americans Still Don’t Recognise Transgender People’s Basic Rights / Pew Research Center (Screencap)

These polls reveal just how unsettled these issues are in American culture. Earlier this year, for example, the state of North Carolina passed a discriminatory, statewide piece of legislation, despite opposition from the Department Of Justice. This legal change effectively bans transgender people from using the bathroom matching their gender identity.

It seems that, for many Americans, the separation of gender from sex is still a relatively new concept.

The Pew Survey revealed that less than 30 per cent of respondents said that they knew somebody personally who identified as transgender, in contrast to 87 per cent who said they knew somebody who was gay, bisexual or lesbian.

Because being transgender is about identity and not sexuality, many people outside the LGBT community are confused as to what being transgender actually means.

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Many transgender people are also gay, lesbian or bisexual, and also part of the LGBT umbrella. However, being transgender is about someone’s gender not being in alignment with the one assigned to them at birth. As an example: It is entirely possible for a transgender person to be transgender and not be interested in sexuality at all.

The good news is, there seems to be a growing trend of acceptance amongst the general population. If we take into account data from two years ago, where 80 per cent of the population considered that transgender people should stick to the bathrooms corresponding with the gender they were assigned at birth, it’s reasonable to confirm that transgender acceptance has grown by 29 per cent in these last two years.

It seems like our fight has not been in vain.

By Eleanor Hope. (@elliehopeauthor on facebok or twitter )

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2 comments

  1. ‘ A new study, carried out by Pew Research Centre, revealed that almost half of respondents said transgender people should be required to use the restroom of the gender assigned to them at birth, with only 51 per cent of respondents supporting transgender people’s choice. ‘

    Funny how you chose not to say, “A majority of Americans now believe that trans people should have the right to access public accommodations befitting their true sex/gender.”

    Because, you know, that’s what the data actually says. Words matter. If you are going to call yourself a “human rights advocate”, maybe you should actually advocate for human rights, rather than spinning the story to create a negative perspective of the story.

    1. Thank you for your comment Gemma.

      If you are asking me to turn a sad story into a happy story, my question is: What good does it do? Words matter, indeed!

      We could sweep the dirt under the rug and pretend it’s not there, but part of advocacy is to actually fight for transgender rights until 100% of the population accepts us. For instance: if 10% of the population doesn’t accept us it is still bad news.

      Let us be clear about this: We are not fighting for preferential treatment. These are basic rights that we are talking about. 49% of the population denying our existence is not bad news, it is terrible news; and I won’t be intimidated by anyone in order to turn it into a happy story.

      You should have read the article up till the end where I contrasted the new data with the old data.

      Kind regards x

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