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Americans Get Trans Identity?

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Approximately 9 out of 10 Americans (89%) said that transgender people deserve equal rights under the law

Data from the August and September Religion and Politics Tracking Surveys demonstrated high levels of support for legislative action on protecting transgender citizens from discrimination, with 89% of Americans saying that trans people deserve equal rights.

This majority spanned religious divides with 83% of white evangelical Protestants, 93% Catholics, and 95% of religious but unaffiliated people saying they support such rights.

The breakdown of data by political affiliation had 86% of Republicans, 94% Independents, and 92% of Democrats saying trans people deserve the same rights as other Americans.

The overall figure of support dipped slightly but remained strong at 81% when respondents were asked if legal protections for gay and lesbian people should be extended to include transgender citizens.

Still, the results suggest that strong majorities from every religious group would like to see Congress pass laws to protect transgender people from job discrimination. Noteworthy, perhaps, that among white evangelical Protestants, a demographic that has traditionally demonstrated a hostility toward LGBT rights, 65% reported favoring such action.

The political breakdown of responses to this question was similarly illuminating, with 55% of Republicans agreeing that Congress should pass job protections for trans people, while 79% of Independents and 86% of Democrats also favored the move.

Next Page: No Time for Complacency on Transgender Protections

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10:19AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:10AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

its not what you or I think. its what the particular human feels about him/her self. its there body and know whats best .

11:04AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Maybe transgender people will have better luck than gays.

1:55PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

@David J., I would be interested in hearing some details about what you would consider to be "compassionate care" for transgendered folks, not all of whom seek surgery (and none of whom seek "mutilation" as you put it).

11:50AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Haven't we put our trans people through enough pain???

-Stop the hurt NOW!
-Holly

9:59AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

thanks

8:09AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

I look forward to the day when humanity has matured to the point that who is @#$!ing who with what does not matter so long as it's consensual.

And you know very well that that is what this boils down too.

If not for that, no one would care, discrimination would not exist, and we'd likely have "interchangeable parts" at WalMart already.

8:32PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Transgender people don't "think" or "feel" they are the other sex; they KNOW they are in the wrong body. It is agonizing for them and none of them would wish for it. Their childhood's are miserable, and adulthood can be also. We need to support them. If you are comfortable in your gender, look down and imagine you are permanently in the other gender's body.

6:22PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

I count my blessings to be in the majority among males along each dimension: male genetics, male identity, female preference, traditional male appearance. My life is hard enough with Asperger.



6:19PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

1. Sure. There is biological sex, male, female, trisomy, mosiac chimeras (rare).

2. There is sexual identity (male, female)

3. There is sexual preference (male and/or female)

4. There is genital appearance (male, female, intersex)

All are along independent dimensions.

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